MHG57753 - Chambered cairn - Belladrum North


The remains of a Clava-type chambered cairn at Belladrum.

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

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The remains of a Clava-type chambered cairn at Belladrum. It lies some 25m to the north of a previously known and recorded cairn (see MHG3398).

Following a site visit by Historic Scotland to the known, and Scheduled, chambered cairn in 2014, the remains of a second cairn were noted 25m to the north. It survives as a curvilinear bank stone bank measuring approximately 5m in width, most likely evidence for the infill that would be laid between the inner and outer stone kerbs of a Clava-type cairn. Approximately 5m to the southeast from the inside edge of the bank are two large stones almost 1m in length, 0.5 metre in width and up to 0.5 metre in height. The area between the two stones and the bank is a slightly dished hollow with a stoney base. The position and size of the stones indicates the possible remains of an inner kerb and central chamber of a burial cairn. This probable second cairn is more fragmentary and cannot be securely identified as a Clava-type cairn but it does retain upstanding remains which indicate that it is likely to be the remains of a chambered cairn. It is possible therefore that this cairn is of earlier, Neolithic, date.<1>

The Scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland in 2017 to also include the remains of the second cairn. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5141 4213 (20m by 20m)
Map sheet NH54SW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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