MHG5098 - Carn Liath, chambered cairn at Kensaleyre


A chambered cairn of uncertain type.

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

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Carn Liath (NR).
OS 6"map, (1968)

Carn Liath, a chambered cairn of uncertain type, about 80' in diameter with sides rising steeply to a height of about 18'. It is composed of relatively small water-worn stones, partly turf-covered, but there has been a little robbing and disturbance, especially at the base on the east side, for the ruined wall which runs from the cairn, but the interference appears to be superficial. On the SSW side of the cairn about 6' within the apparent edge a large stone is partly exposed set on its long side and pointing towards the centre of the cairn. This, together with a large horizontal slab set at right angles to it, may be part of the entrance to a passage. To the west of the upright stone is another backed by cairn material which has the appearance of a peristalith though no other stones of such a setting can be seen. A short cist was formerly exposed about half-way up the NE side of the cairn, it having been uncovered about 1907 by men searching for a stone suitable for a lintel. It contained human bones. Only a few displaced flattish stones now mark the place.
RCAHMS 1928; A S Henshall 1972. <1><2>

A chambered cairn as described by Henshall.
Revised at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 16 September 1971.

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Grid reference Centred NG 4201 5139 (32m by 23m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG45SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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