MHG958 - Site of Possible Cairn, Carn Liath


Much mutilated circular mound that may represent the remains of a cairn.

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  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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Carn Liath is in such poor condition that classification is not possible. It survives as an amorphous, turf-covered mound of stones, about 24m E-W by 22.5m transversely and up to 1.2m high. There are about fourteen slabs on edge protruding from 0.3m to 0.9m through the turf, the majority around the perimeter, but they do not conform to the remains of a kerb or any other recognisable feature. The mound has been quarried, and stones have been dumped on it. As suggested by RCAHM, it is possibly related to the other unclassified mounds in area (cf NC05NW 9, 11 and 12).
Revised at 1:10560. Visited by OS (J B) 24 August 1981.

A large, circular, stony mound, 30m in diameter and about 1.8m high. It is considerably mutilated and there would appear to be later rectangular structures built on to it, but these are too indefinite for survey. As stated by RCAHMS, there are several upright slabs on the site, but no plan can be formed from them. The remains suggest a cairn. Visited by OS (E G C) 10 April 1961.

About 1/4 mile down the Forse Water from Tigh a' Bheannaich, on the same side of the river, are the indefinite remains of a large circular construction. A number of large slabs set upright protrude irregularly over the surface, but there are no indications of either the character or plan of construction. It appears to have belonged to the same class as some of the other remains in the district.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

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

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 106, No. 392 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0389 5821 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND05NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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