MHG7380 - Chambered Cairn - Cnoc Chaornaidh


A chambered Cairn at Cnoc Chaornaidh.

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  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 551 BC)

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A chambered Cairn at Cnoc Chaornaidh.

This chambered cairn (Orkney-Cromarty group, polygonal chamber, round cairn) is situated in open moorland, standing almost on crest of a saddle between Cnoc Chaornaid and a spur, at about 600 ft O D. The cairn has been almost entirely removed but it is possible to trace edge, giving a diameter E-W of about 45 ft and N-S of about 55 ft. There have been a number of considerable and apparently widely spaced stones on periphery of these one 5.5ft long lies prone to NE of entrance while three remain in arc behind chamber, 20 ft apart; that to NE is 5 ft 3 ins high and 5 ft 5 ins wide, NW 1 ft 3 ins high, and SE now flush with ground. The main stones of chamber remain. The entrance has been from SE. Large slabs lying beside the chamber are probably remains of the dry-walling from between the orthostats.
A S Henshall 1963.

This cairn is as described by Miss Henshall. The main walls of the cairn, badly mutilated in places, rise to a height of 1.3m.
Visited by OS (E G) 1 June 1962.

Although described by Miss Henshall as round, this cairn has probably been heel-shaped. J M Howell 1976 (see archive).

The site was scheduled in 1977.

A chambered cairn as described and planned by Miss Henshall.
Revised at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 June 1980.

FE Management Plan received 30/03/01.
J Aitken : 30/03/01.

The scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland with effect from 26/11/2018. <1>

GIS spatial data amended in 2019 according to location of site as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NC 2990 0841 (26m by 26m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC20NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

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