MHG9702 - Chambered Cairn, Melvich


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Type and Period (2)

  • CHAMBERED ROUND CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Borg (NR) (Remains of) OS 6"map, Sutherland, 1st ed., (1873)
Chambered Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1964)

Melvich: Chambered Cairn (Round): This cairn, on hill- side above Melvich, is now almost completely ruined. In 1909 the RCAHMS described it as having a diameter of about 63ft E-W and 70ft N-S. Some 27ft in from N side upper part of a large slab facing N probably indicated the back of a chamber and other large stones protruding seemed to have formed part of such a structure.
A S Henshall 1963; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

While removing some of stones from this cairn, human remains were discovered, burnt and calcined, in a small aperture composed of four large slabs set on edge, and one lay horizontally on top of them. Name Book 1873.

This cairn measures 24.5m in diameter and is 1.4m in maximum height. It is in a very ruinous state, and in its centre is stone slab referred to by the RCAHMS.
Visited by OS (W D J) 4 May 1960.

As described. Several modern shelters arfe excavated into the rubble. The centre is heavily overgrown by whins and slab noted by the RCAHMS and previous OS surveyor (W D J) cannot now be seen. There are no further signs of a chamber.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (A A) 7 November 1972.

No change. Visited by OS (N K B) 9 August 1977.

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Grid reference Centred NC 8821 6443 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC86SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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