MHG5786 - 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.


RCAHMS, 1928, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Ninth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Small Isles, 175, No. 550 (Text/Report). SHG2656.


Henshall, A S, 1972, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 2, 482, SKY 3; plan (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG358.

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Grid reference Centred NG 3717 6883 (80m by 80m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NG36NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish KILMUIR

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