MHG993 - Possible Kerb Cairn, Burn of Shebster


Site of possible cairn that has been altered through field clearance in more recent times. It may be the remains of late neolithic-bronze age kerb cairn.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A cairn, as described by RCAHMS and previous field investigator. It is circular, and the profile is 'cairn-like', though stone clearance from the early modern cultivation that skirts the base of the cairn has been added. In SW side is a single earthfast stone which may be a kerb stone.
Visited by OS (N K B) 24 November 1981.

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

This grass-covered mound, a possible cairn, is about 13m in diameter by 1m in height. No information regarding its purpose could be obtained.
Visited by OS (R D) 20 November 1964.

This cairn-like moundis about 41ft in diameter and 3ft in height. The surface is very uneven and appears to have been overlaid with field clearance stones. Its true character is uncertain.
RCAHMS 1911.

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

Most of this Pict's house is supposed to have been removed about 1770 for building materials.
Name Book 1873.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0090 6355 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06SW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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