MHG807 - Chambered Cairn, Sithean Buidhe


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

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Sithean Buidhe (NAT), Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

A chambered round cairn of the Orkney-Cromarty group, now a conspicuous grass-grown mound, steep-sided and flat-topped and apparently almost intact apart from the chamber roof which has collapsed. It is 55ft in diameter and 6ft high, and the entrance has been from the east, on which side two large passage lintels are exposed about 20ft from the edge, as are the passage walls, 3ft apart, of flat horizontally-laid slabs. To the west of the lintels, a transverse slab projects from the north side; its partner to the south was visible in 1910 (RCAHMS 1911). A short stretch of the south wall of the chamber, consisting of a few slightly oversailing courses, can also be seen.
A S Henshall 1963, visited 1956; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

A chambered cairn as described above, 17m diameter and 2m in height.
Visited by OS (J L D) 10 April 1962.

No change. Visited by OS (J M) 1 July 1981.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0607 5753 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND05NE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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