MHG3946 - Clava cairn - Milltown of Clava North


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Type and Period (2)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • STANDING STONE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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Stone Circle (NR) (Remains of)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1906)

This Clava-type cairn, one of the Clava cemetery group, lies like the others in a field on the valley floor. The cairn appears to have been already greatly ruined in 1857 (Innes 1862). The only notable feature is a large rectangular monolith, 7 feet 10 inches high which seems to have stood on the south or south-west side of the monument. About 10 feet 9 inches from the monolith are two contiguous stones, the larger 2 feet high, which probably represent the remains of the kerb. To the north of them is a low mound of cairn material and field stones evidently extending beyond the area of the original cairn. In 1882 there were four stones of the kerb to be seen and one stone of the inner setting (Jolly 1882).
C Innes 1862; W Jolly 1882; J Fraser 1884; A S Henshall 1963, Visited 21 April 1958.

The cairn was Scheduled in 1882 with several others in the near vicinity.

The remains of the cairn are as described above.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (W D J) 25 April 1962.

Air photographs, taken by Jill Harden in 1989, are in Inverness Museum (8907.03-05 INVMG).
Information from J Harden 1989.

Three trenches were deturfed and cleaned. These revealed a circular cairn of small stones overlain by rectangular cairn of much larger water worn boulders. The latter forms the principal visible feature today and is probably the result of modern field clearance. The former is only partially visible as a low turf-covered mound and probably represents a Clava cairn. The identification of the site as a Clava cairn is based on its shape, size (c10m in diameter), the standing stone situated to the the SW and the presence of a kerb defined by large boulders and slabs sitting on the old ground surface. Partial exploration of the cairn revealed no indication of a passage but there was some suggestion of complexity in the cairn construction. <1>

The cairn was Scheduled in its own right by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016. <2> <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7525 4397 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH74SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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