MHG2198 - Chambered Cairn, West Yarrows


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Type and Period (2)

  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 551 BC)
  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Yarehouse: Standing Stones (NR) : Pict's House (NR) (Remains of) OS 6" map, Caithness, 1st ed., (1871)

'Two stones about four feet in height situated at farm steading of Yarrows', remains of a Pict's House, the rest of which was used for building present dwelling house and steading (ONB 1871).
These stones are amost certainly remains of an Orkney-Cromarty type long cairn (Henshall 1963) of which outline was still visible in 1854. There were several cists in it and in NMAS are a cast of a granite battle-axe (AH 109), a brown stone ball (not of 'decorated type') (AS 37), and a decorated sandstone cup (AQ 25) from unknown parts of the cairn. Rhind (1854) visited site and his description agrees with ONB, without naming the steading.
Name Book 1871; A S Henshall 1963; A H Rhind 1854; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1894.

The battle-axe is of type 'Roe - Stage III - Bronze Age'.
FES Roe 1966.

This long cairn almost certainly stood in farmyard of West Yarrows, where stood the remains of 'Pict's House' (OS 6" map, Caithness, 1st ed., 1871).
The site is a low but prominent knoll, a typical cairn position and the most suitable in the area. There are no traces of the cairn to be seen, although a large displaced stone, 3m long, in farmyard, could well have been a capstone of a chamber.
Visited by OS (NKB) 11 May 1967.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3032 4406 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (3)

  • STONE BALL (Undated)
  • AXE HAMMER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • CUP (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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