MHG214 - Killi Cairn


Site of probable late Neolithic-Bronze Age burial cairn with possible remains of cist still evident.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Killi Cairn is as described by previous authorities. The upright slab in centre is possibly the displaced capstone of a cist.
Visited by OS (N K B) 19 May 1982.

A circular, grass-covered mound, 5m diameter and 1.5m high, with an upright slab 0.6m high, possibly part of a cist, on top. Other stones are visible.
R J Mercer 1981.

Killi Cairn (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

This grass-covered cairn is as described above; the single upright slab still remains in its centre.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 26 February 1965.

Killi Cairn is a small cairn whose remains measure some 21ft in diameter and 2 to 3ft high. It appears to have been excavated, and from centre rises a single upright slab 2ft 2ins in height above ground by 3ft 4ins in breadth, which may have formed part of a cist.
RCAHMS 1911.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 25, No. 70 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Mercer, R J, 1981, Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: volume II, 1980-81, 165, No. 642 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2511.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2217 7266 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND27SW
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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