MHG2498 - Broch, North Cairn


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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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North Cairn (NR) (site of) OS 6"map, (1967)

'The remains of this Pictish dwelling was cleared away by Mr Donald Hamilton (D Hamilton, Achreamie) in the year 1866, and he informs me that there was a considerable quantitiy of bones (animal) and red ashes, as well as a great number of round stones resembling small cannon balls, deposited in the centre of the floor of this building. Small sea shells were discovered in great quantities, mixed with a deposit of blackish earth. The building itself was in very good order, the cells, etc, being complete, the stones of which were all removed for building purposes'.
Name Book 1873.

The site has been obliterated by the Dounreay Atomic Establishment. Visited by OS (W D J) 6 May 1960.

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 7 September 1981.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9874 6716 (70m by 70m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC96NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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