MHG2201 - Chambered Cairn, Cairn Hanach


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Cairn Hanach (NAT) Chambered Cairn (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Kenny's Cairn or Cairn Hanach, an Orkney-Cromarty type chambered round cairn, was excavated by Anderson and Shearer in 1866. It is about 40ft in diameter and is now an untidy mass of flat slabs, partly turf-covered. Finds included several hundred sherds of pottery, some of which were Iron Age, flints, a bone 'chisel' and a probable Iron Age pebble rubber. A small selection of the material is in NMAS; the rest have been lost.
A S Henshall 1963.

Cairn Hanach, as described and planned by Miss Henshall.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 27 April 1967.

The site was visited and photographed by C Jones in April 2011. A 360 degree panorama was taken at ND 31002 40823 starting facing north east and proceeding clockwise. <1>

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG3927.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG3928.

Untitled Source (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph). SHG4868.

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, 180-2, no. 562 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 276, CAT 31; plan (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.

Mercer, R. J. & Hill, P.H., 1985, Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: Volume III: 1982-1983, 45, 46, 244 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2512.

Davidson, JL and Henshall, A S, 1991, The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, 119-21, no. 31; plan (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2115.

<1> Headland Archaeology, 2012, Beatrice offshore Wind farm: Environmental Statement (Text/Report/Environmental Statement). SHG26489.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3100 4084 (42m by 42m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (4)

  • CHISEL (Undated)
  • POLISHER (Undated)
  • VESSEL (Undated)

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