MHG57377 - Cairn with cist - Broughwhin


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Type and Period (2)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

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A circular, stone-built feature and four adjacent cists. That this structure is a hut circle as asserted by DoE is doubtful due to the close proximity of cists, and of presence nearby of stone rows and other cairns (ND34SW 4, 18-20, 23), and also unsuitability of area for cultivation. It is probably the remains of a small burial cairn.
Nearby and to N of group is a small heather-covered cairn, 10m in diameter and 0.6m high, which has been partly excavated, but not noted by RCAHMS. It contains the remains of a cist-like structure about 1.2m long and 0.4m wide, oriented NE-SW, with no end-slabs.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 2 May 1967.

The structure excavated by Anderson is comparable, in some respects, to round cairns at Keiss (ND36SW 5) and Ackergill (ND35SW 12), and together with covered graves or cists and low oval cairn, could represent a pre-Viking Iron Age cemetery combining circular burial cairns with horizontally coursed kerbs and adjacent cists. It is admitted that evidence for nature of structure and of its relationship to cists and other oval cairn is ambiguous.
P Ashmore 1981.

Cairns with cists, long cairns noted by Mercer not evident.
R J Mercer 1985; J L Davidson and A S Henshall 1991.

One open short cist right beside access track to PiC. The sites lie on top of another knoll slightly lower than that of cairn of Get. This hill under heather and small trees might indicate site of other cists. Flat slabs lying might indicate cover stones. However, there are also further structures built against the slope of the hill to the NE outside the scheduled area - HAW 24/05/2004

The cairn was Scheduled by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016, and included with the adjacent Cairn of Get and the cairrn and surrounding cists to the immediate south under SM90048 (see also MHG2210 and MHG2181). <1> <2>

GIS spatial data derived from position as seen on 2009 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3135 4114 (12m by 12m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34SW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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