MHG5357 - Chambered Cairn - Balvraid


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A chambered cairn 45' long and in parts 6' high is situated 200 yds W of Balvraid farm close to the N side of the road. Near its E end, a few feet behind the centre of the very slightly curved façade, a large oval capstone lies tilted over the exposed uprights of a rectangular chamber c. 5' x 6'. The façade is c. 25' wide.
E A Cormack 1964. <1>

NG 8451 1662: Situated on the valley floor at c. 250' O D, a turf-covered cairn measures c. 19.0m E-W by c. 16.0m. It has been much mutilated by recent excavations.
At its E end, a stone-lined passage leads into a chamber overlain by a massive capstone as described by Cormack. (E A Cormack 1964)
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 3 October 1966.

(NG 8451 1662) Chambered Cairn (NR)
OS 1:10,000map, (1971)

Excavation of this cairn in July-August 1965 by Corcoran did not reveal skeletal remains, but artifacts included sherds of Neolithic pottery and undecorated Beaker, lignite beads, a stone spindle whorl and flint artifacts including a leaf-shaped arrowhead.
A S Henshall 1972, visited 1965. <2>

Site photographed by Christine Yuil, 10/2002 - see Thumbnail Picture.
J Aikten : 22/1/04

Photographs submitted to the HER by D Scott in November 2010. <3>

Sources/Archives (5)



Grid reference Centred NG 8450 1662 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG81NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish GLENELG

Finds (5)

  • SHERD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • BEAKER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • BEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • SPINDLE WHORL (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • LEAF ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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