MHG53944 - Clearance cairn, Sciberscross


A clearance cairn recorded during walkover survey, potentially related to prehistoric land clearance. Possibly excavated by Rev J Joass, thinking it to be a burial cairn.

Type and Period (2)

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • (Former Type) BURIAL CAIRN? (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Strange circular stone cairn (Plates 17 & 18), which is probably an excavated clearance cairn – excavated because it may have been thought of as a burial cairn which might contain grave goods. There is no direct record of the excavation of any of these cairns, however it is possible that it had been carried out under the direction of Rev J Joass of Golspie, who received a grant from the Royal Society of the Antiquaries of Scotland’ Rhind Fund in 1867 to undertake some work of this nature in East Sutherland.
The cairn is set in a grassy/brackeny oasis surrounded by short heather and is 20m to the N of the gate through the modern hill fence. The stone boulder mound is 6m in diameter and stands 1.5m high, with a 0.4m high stone lip surrounding a central 2m diameter sump of uneven stones. <1>

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Grid reference NC 7641 1022 (point) (GPS derived)
Map sheet NC71SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ROGART

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