MHG2426 - Chambered Cairn, Berriedale


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

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Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6" map, (1964)

On the top of the S bank of the Langwell Water, and by the edge of a burn which flows into that river near the road bridge 1 1/2 miles above Langwell House, are the remains of a chambered cairn. Much of the stone which formed the cairn has been removed and the chambers for the most part demolished. It appears to have measured some 78ft E-W by 63ft transversely. There appear to have been two separate chambers along the line of the main axis. Some 1ft 6ins in from the E edge are two upright stones 2ft 8ins apart, that on the N broken off at ground level, while that along- side stands to a height of 2ft 8ins: 4ft 8ins behind them are another similar pair, 2ft 4ins apart, apparently marking the entrance to an inner chamber, the sides and back of which have been removed. At 10ft inwards from the outer edge of the cairn on the W stands a large slab some 3ft 2ins in breadth and 2ft in height, set at right angles to the direction of the passage. To the E or rear of it, 11ft 6ins away, a pair of slabs protrude from the ruins, 2ft 8ins apart; directly behind them them, a large slab 5ft in breadth is visible for a height of some 1ft 2ins, marking the back of this chamber. The side walls are not now visible.
RCAHMS 1911.

Generally as described above. Visited by OS (WDJ) 15 6 1960.

Generally as described by the RCAHMS (1911).
A S Henshall 1963.

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 2 September 1982

This chambered cairn was visited by Headland Archaeology in the course of a pre-afforestation survey (NMRS MS 899/15, no.16). The condition of the monument is unchanged.
C Moloney and L Baker (Headland Archaeology) 13 July 1998; NMRS MS 899/93, no.16

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Grid reference Centred ND 0914 2223 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND02SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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