MHG410 - Possible Cairn, Quintfall


Site of possible late neolithic-early bronze age cairn. It has been part excavated by Sir Tress Barry.

Type and Period (2)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • (Alternate Type) ROUND BARROW (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A turf-covered mound, prominently situated on rising ground as described in previous report. It is roughly bowl-shaped, though the margins have been disturbed by ploughing, and there is some disturbance on summit, probably caused by Tress Barry's trenching. Substantial erosion of turf cover reveals a content of earth and small fragments of stone; only a very few rubble stones are exposed. Despite the absence of finds by Tress Barry, it is possible that this is a barrow or cairn.
Visited by OS (N K B) 23 August 1982.

This mound of earth and small stones measures 15m diameter and 2.2m high. It is located on rising ground at edge of a pasture field.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 6 September 1965.

This is a grass-grown mound 42ft in diameter and 6ft high. It was trenched through by Sir Francis Tress Barry, but nothing was found. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

Mound (NR) OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

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, 183, No. 579 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 3091 6163 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND36SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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