MHG4590 - Docharn


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Type and Period (1)

  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NH92SW 7 9280 2012.

(NH 9280 2012) Cairn (NR)
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1903)

A cairn 60' in diameter and 9-10' high, situated on a knoll in the wood above Dochalgie. Examination failed to reveal any structure within its interior, and there was no evidence of a kerb or circle of stones. Running N from it, however, for about 40', was what appeared to be a paved way c.3' wide of varying sized stones laid on the ground and not sunk into it. One end appeared to bend to the E, whereas the other apparently entered the body of the cairn for some distance. A similar plan occurs in the cairn near Inverladhin House (NH82SE 1). The cairn was undisturbed when surveyed in 1871.
Name Book 1872; A Mitchell and J Drummond 1875.

A cairn situated on a low knoll in afforestation, and commanding extensive views over Strathspey. It has been heavily mutilated leaving a shapeless heap of stones in the centre some 2.5m high, but its outline can still be traced giving an original diameter of 25m. Slightly NE. of the estimated centre, a structure can be seen in the body of the surviving cairn material. It is roughly oval on plan, orientated E-W, and measures 1.7m in length, 1.0m in maximum width, and 0.9m in height (these measurements were obtained through gaps in the structure and are approximately only). It appears to be placed on the original ground level, and is constructed of 3 large upright slabs (one forming the SE. end), the remainder of roughly laid dry-walling with a few over- sailing courses, reminiscent of Orkney/Cromarty building techniques. The roof is still intact and comprises two large cover-stones, with a third superimposed.
The structure is unusual: the absence of an entrance passage renders its identification as a chamber uncertain, and suggests an aberrant form.
No trace of the 'paved way' could be found.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 2 November 1966.

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Grid reference Centred NH 9281 2012 (24m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH92SW

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