MHG6271 - Chambered Cairn - Broadford Bay


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

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Cairn (NR)
OS 6"map, (1967)

A Hebridean type chambered cairn, probably originally round, but heavily robbed although it is still a large, steep-sided, grass-covered mound bearing trees. It measures about 77ft by 55ft by 13ft in height.
The chamber was discovered in 1832 when part of it collapsed, and a partial exploration produced, amoung other finds, a wrist-guard of fine grey-green stone. A smiliar wrist-guard (NG62SW 7) was found on the beach, probably having been thrown out during the exploration. An urn with a secondary burial was also found.
At least one cist was discovered when a small part of the E side of the cairn was removed in making the road. This is probably the "stone coffin and an urn" which Lamont (1913) mentions as having been found subsequently to the discovery of the chamber.
The capstone of the chamber, said to have been broken in 1832, still leans against the base of the mound on the N side. It is 8ft long, 5ft in maximum width and 1ft thick. A small flat slab lies nearby.
The wrist-guard was donated to the NMAS (Acc No. AT 4).
A S Henshall 1972; RCAHMS 1928; D Lamont 1913

The cairn was scheduled by Historic Environment Scotland with effect from 07/01/2020. <1>

The wrist guard is described in the NMS catalogue as made of polished slate, measuring 2 5/8" x 1 7/8", curved and with row of punctuations at one end and a hole at each of the four corners. It was acquired in 1832 from Mrs. L. Mackinnon. Listed under Acc. No. AT 4. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NG 6415 2378 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG62SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish STRATH

Finds (2)

  • URN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • ARM GUARD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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