MHG2161 - Burial Cairn, Noss Head


Site of late Neolithic-Bronze Age burial cairn. Possible remains of a cist map also be evident.

Type and Period (1)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The cairn is now as described by Miss Batey; it remains 0.6m high. Visited by OS (J B) 22 July 1982.

A reduced cairn about 4m diameter with two slabs showing at the cairn and several beside it.
C E Batey 1981

This grass-covered cairn is now reduced to a mound 6m in diameter and 0.6m high. Only a small part of large slab in centre now protrudes through turf, and no other large slab is visible.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D L) 21 April 1963.

Cairn (NR) OS 6" map, (1968)

This small cairn has been excavated. Its diameter is about 13ft. In centre a large slab is exposed, which has probably formed one side of a cist, and another slab is displaced near it and measures 5ft 9ins in length.
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, 178, No. 557 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Batey, C E, 1981, Caithness coastal survey 1981: interim report, No. 149 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG1959.

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred ND 3871 5479 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND35SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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