MHG42122 - Coffin & Cairn, Muckle Burn


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Type and Period (2)

  • (Alternate Type) COFFIN (Undated)
  • (Alternate Type) CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Stone Coffin on Cairn (NR)
OS 6" map (1906)

This is a cairn of stones, entirely overgrown with whins. On the top of the cairn 'there is a stone coffin. It is about 5 feet long, and about 2 broad, and is now full of loose stones. It is not known when it was discovered, nor if it contained any human remains ... The cairn has no name.' Name Book 1869

A cairn, situated on a knoll above the steep bank of the Muckle Burn. It is composed of earth and small stones, measures about 18m in diameter by 1.7m high, and has a flat top about 8m in diameter, on the SE side of which there is a small depression filled with stones, which may be the site of the 'coffin'.
Around the SW periphery there are 3 large stones set on edge and another in the NW, probably the remains of a peristalith. A section of the northern side of the cairn has recently been removed but no significant finds were made. Resurveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (RD) 23 August 1965

This cairn has been destroyed. It was bulldozed away c1968 to make way for a piggery. According to the farmer, apart from a few flattish stones it contained nothing of interest.
Visited by OS (AA) 12 March 1971

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Grid reference Centred NH 9701 5524 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH95NE
Civil Parish AULDEARN
Geographical Area NAIRN

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