MHG8626 - Chambered cairn - Scotsburn House


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

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Large circular cairn. Described as Cairn- Human remains found here in 1865 on 1st ed OS (may not be the case - see below - IS-L 06/03/2018].

NH77NW 7 7153 7618.
The remains of a chambered cairn situated on a slight knoll near upper edge of a field at 400' above sea level. Only a few stones indicate former existence of a cairn and its size is uncertain. A few orthostats are all that remains. On SE side a pair of boulders set 2'9" apart were probably the portal stones at entrance to the passage. The top of a stone which seems to have formed inner end of N wall of the passage is visible. To NW and partly overhanging it, lies a displaced stone 8'9" long x 3'6" in greatest width which has almost certainly been a lintel. Behind this again, 2 slabs remain, one on each side of the chamber, the larger on SW side is 4'8" long and is exposed to a height of 2' on the SW side.
A S Henshall 1972, visited 22 September 1967.

As described. Visited by OS (R D L) 20 May 1963.

Surveyed at 1/2500 (OSFI: SP: 16.7.1973)

The cairn was Scheduled in 1975.

GR corrected to above to cover SAM - HAW 12/2004

The Scheduling was amended by Historic Environment Scotland in 2017. <1>

NOTE: The 1st and 2nd Edition maps do not actually show this site at this location. On those maps a cairn at which human remains were found is shown to the southwest where the known dun, broch and/or Atlantic roundhouse is located (see MHG8627). It is possible that the human remains were found at the latter site as burials are known from similar site elsewhere.

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to location as shown on OS MasterMap. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7152 7619 (28m by 28m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH77NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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