MHG2206 - Chambered Cairn, Hill of Ulbster


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Cairns (NR), (ND 3349 4247) Cairn (NR)
OS 6" map, (1960)

The cairn at ND 3349 4247 has been almost entirely removed, its outline being marked by a low, stony ridge. In the centre are two earthfast stones, some 0.4m high by 1.2m wide by 0.3m, set approximately 3.2m apart, which may be the remains of a chamber.
The two 'cairns' at ND 3332 4288 are natural mounds.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R L) 19 April 1967.

(ND 3350 4247) Cairn (NR) (rems of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Grass-covered and ruinous with some erosion, the cairn measures about 10 by 5m.
C E Batey 1981.

This cairn is on a terrace in an area of rough grazing at 50m OD. It is overlooked by the ridge of the Hill of Ulbster on the W, and overlooks a bog (a drained loch) on the E. The round cairn has been very severely robbed and is now barely 1m high at maximum. It is grass-covered, and edge is very indefinite, stone having been spread over an area of about 18m E-W and somewhat more N-S. In its centre are two large almost parallel upright slabs 2.75m apart. N slab is 1.2m long by 0.35m thick, and S slab is 1.4m long by 0.4m thick leaning slightly to S Both are 0.4m high. The size and disposition of the slabs suggest a portal or divisional slab and a back-slab of a chamber orientated N-S with the back to the S. This cairn is mentioned by Anderson. 'Another large cairn, with two monolithic slabs standing in the centre, was also commenced; but finding that it had been, at some time previously, turned up to the bottom, its further exploration was abandoned as useless' (1866a). He interpreted the remains as a chambered cairn which had been destroyed (1868).
Visited 1 September 1986.
J L Davidson and A S Henshall 1991.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3350 4247 (8m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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