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>

Collection within the NMS includes: pottery sherds (EO 17-33), a hammerstone (EO 34), flint scrapers/knives/flakes (EO 35-86), a bone implement (EO 87) and animal bone/tooth/tusk (EO 88-96). They were acquired in 1871 from Dr. Joseph Anderson. <2>

Three sherd of the pottery (EO 17, 22 23) were loaned to Dunbeath Heritage Museum where they are on display. <3>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3100 4084 (42m by 42m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (6)

  • CHISEL (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • FLAKE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL)? (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • HAMMERSTONE (Undated)
  • SHERD (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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