MHG2426 - Chambered Cairn, Berriedale
No summary available.
Type and Period (1)
- CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
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.
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
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Davidson, JL and Henshall, A S. 1991. The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents. 122-3, no. 34; plan.
- --- Text/Report: 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. . 74, No. 267.
- --- Text/Publication/Monograph: Henshall, A S. 1963. The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1. 278, CAT 34; plan.
|Grid reference||Centred ND 0914 2223 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (2)
- http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/SM423 (Online designation description (Historic Environment Scotland))
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/7552 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
Comments and Feedback
Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.