MHG5786 - Chambered Cairn - Carn Liath


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

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NG36NE 1 3717 6883.

(NG 3717 6883) Carn Liath (NR)
OS 6"map, (1965)

Carn Liath is a Hebridean type chambered cairn, interpreted as a probable long cairn by the RCAHMS. It has been roughly square in outline with somewhat projecting corners or horns and is crossed by a tall modern drystone wall running E-W. Although greatly robbed, the cairn still rises as a mound of bare stones to a height of 14', the summit being about 20' N of the wall; S of the wall the cairn is reduced to a low, stony turf-covered mound which merges with the surrounding turf.
It has probably measured about 60' N-S along the axis of the chamber by 80' transversely expanding to 90' at the N end. The chamber is entered from the SSE.
A peristalith of split blocks and boulders can be traced intermittently on the N, E an W but the S has been so heavily robbed that its original edge cannot be identified. Cairn material has spread beyond the peristalith on the E and W.
The only indication of a forecourt is a pair of stones, each set 6' from the remains of the chamber and 14'9" apart; tthey are probably part of the facade. Immediately in front of the wall is a large broken capstone. At the N end of the cairn, the foundations of buildings abut the edge and extend northwards, and from its SE corner another wall runs S.
A S Henshall 1972; RCAHMS 1928.

A chambered cairn, as described by Henshall except that a wall runs S from the SW corner, not the SE.
Resurveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 16 September 1971.

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Grid reference Centred NG 3717 6883 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG36NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KILMUIR

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