MHG774 - Possible Burial Cairn, Cnoc an Ratha

Summary

Site of possible late neolithic-bronze age burial cairn.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The fragmentary remains of a cairn as described by previous OS surveyor (J L D). The solitary upright stone in the east margin of the cairn is in fact a slab, 0.5m high 0.7m wide and 0.2m thick, and orientated NNE-SSW. It is somewhat loose and unlikely to be the remains of a passage/chamber or a cist.
Re-surveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (N K B) 15 9 1981.

Cairn (NR) (site of) OS 6"map, (1963)

ND 0540 5828. A road quarry now occupies site of mound. Only a fragment of E side of the mound remains, about 1m high; near its outer edge is a solitary upright stone, 0.3m high. The quarry excavations reveal the composition of the mound to have been of loose stones. There seems little doubt that this is the site of a cairn, which has measured about 16m in diameter.
Visited by OS (J L D) 10 April 1962.

Mound (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Situated a little distance E of Sithean Dubh and N of Cnoc an Rath are the remains of a "Pict's House", about 3ft high. Whether part of it has been taken away is not known.
Name Book 1873.


Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 9, 145 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3399.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0539 5828 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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