MHG30662 - Clearance cairn, Millcraig
Early 19th-century field clearance which may mask earlier features.
Type and Period (2)
- CLEARANCE CAIRN (Constructed, 19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1850 AD? (at some time))
- CONSUMPTION CAIRN (Constructed, 19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1850 AD? (at some time))
- None recorded
Five stone cairns/dumps were noted by Laurence and Pamela Draper in 2002. The approximate positions of the cairns were established by taking GPS readings from the road and estimating the distance to the cairns. All the cairns are at a similar altitude of about 124 to 140m. At least one seems to have had stones of a different ("newer") colour dumped on it.
Information supplied by L & P Draper, 13/02/02. <1>
The estimated grid reference supplied for this cairn was NH 6645 7180. The mapped location has been estimated from aerial photography. <2>
These cairns are probably consumption or clearance cairns dating to the formation of the fields, probably in the early 19th century. The stone piles may mask earlier field clearance from the early historic or prehistoric period, or prehistoric burial cairns of which there are several in the area. <3>
Janey Clarke notes that some material appears to have been removed from this cairn, exposing pink stone beneath. <4> Cf the comment in one regarding stones of a different colour possibly being "dumped". <5>
- <1> SHG23633 Verbal Communication: Member of public. SMR information.
- <2> SHG23297 Verbal Communication: Tilbury, S. Comment by Sylvina Tilbury, HER Officer. 14/12/2011.
- <3> SHG23286 Verbal Communication: Puls, A. Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist. 28/09/2011.
- <4> SHG22709 Text/Correspondence: Private individual. 2008-11. Feedback from website visitor. Yes. Digital. Janey Clark, 08/02/2012.
- <5> SHG23297 Verbal Communication: Tilbury, S. Comment by Sylvina Tilbury, HER Officer. 14/02/2012.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 66497 71718 (29m by 34m) (Estimated from sources)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
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