MHG5357 - Chambered Cairn - Balvraid
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Type and Period (1)
- CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
- None recorded
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>
- --- Image/Photograph(s): B/W Negative. .
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Ch. Cairn, (rectangular), Balyraid, Glenelg. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- <1> Text/Publication/Article: Cormack, E A. 1964. 'Balvraid, Glen Beag', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1964, p.30. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. 30. 30.
- <2> Text/Publication/Monograph: Henshall, A S. 1972. The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 2. 2. Paper (Original). 558-9, INV 51; plan, 559.
- <3> Image/Photograph(s): Scott, D. 2010-11. Photographs and information from Douglas Scott. Colour. Yes. Digital.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 8450 1662 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
- 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)
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/11800 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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