MHG879 - Burial Cairn, Shebster


Neolithic-early Bronze Age burial cairn containing a cist with burial.

Type and Period (1)

  • BURIAL CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This cairn, situated on a steep, S-facing slope, is as described by the previous field investigator. The cist is aligned ESE-WNW.
Visited by OS (J B) 11 September 1981.

Cairn (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

This cairn is now a turf-covered stony mound 6m N-S by 5m transversely and 0.4m high. In the centre are the remains of a cist, consisting of the two side slabs, 1.5m long and 0.5m apart.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 11 November 1964.

A stone cist containing human remains was found in this cairn or mound when the top was removed many years ago. Cook states that the cist was 'formed of four blocks of stone from 6 to 7ft long and 2.5ft broad'. RCAHMS describe the cist as being 4ft 3ins by 1ft 8ins, with W end-slab and the cover having been removed, and the diameter of the cairn being about 16ft.
Name Book 1873; NSA (written by F Cook 1841) 1845; RCAHMS 1911.

Tumulus (NR) (Remains of). A Stone Cist containing Human Remains found (NAT)
OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

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Grid reference Centred ND 0123 6411 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06SW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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