MHG11983 - The Ord North Chambered Cairn

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Type and Period (2)

  • CHAMBERED CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • CREMATION (Early Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 1501 BC) + Sci.Date

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NC50NE 16 5733 0560.
Chambered Cairns (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

The Ord, North. Formerly thought to be a short, horned cairn (Henshall 1963), this well preserved chambered tomb, on excavation by Corcoran in 1967 proved to be circular though flattened on SE side. 82ft diameter, edged by dry-walling and upright stones. Outside this level stone platform extends for 10-20ft. The entrance is on SE, through a low, narrow passage 14ft long. The chamber and ante-chamber are built of orthostats linked by dry-walling, with corbelled roofs 8-10ft high which have partly collapsed. After excavation chamber was covered with polythene and cairn material was replaced.
A S Henshall 1963; 1972; J Corcoran 1967; Current Archaeol 1972; Visited by OS (W D J) 20 June 1963. <1>-<5>

Well preserved chambered cairn as described by Henshall and Corcoran.
Resurveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (N K B) 21 July 1976.

Surveyed at 1/2500. Visited by OS (J B) 16 March 1979.

Account of Corcoran's excavation and analysis of the finds with C 14 dates. Mention is made of an intrusive Early Bronze Age cremation burial associated with a Food Vessel.
N M Sharples 1981. <6>

Visible on AP Highland Council 2004 Lairg No 9 - clearly shows that cairn is circular with scatter beyond - HAW 8/2004 <7>-<9>

Site management plan for this area agreed in 2008. <10>

Noted during topographic survey. <11>

Photographs of lintels and the entrance to the chambered cairn were forwarded to the HER by D Scott in November 2010. <12>

Douglas Scott posted further photographs on the Highland HER Facebook page in May 2011, including one showing the rising sun shining into the passage on 8 November 2009. <13>

A radiocarbon date for the cremated human bone from the burial deposit on/among the collapsed Neolithic chamber roof was obtained and published in 2005 as part of the National Museums Scotland Radiocarbon dating programme. This indicated an Early Bronze Age date. <14>

See link below to Scottish Radiocarbon Database for radiocarbon dates.

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Grid reference Centred NC 5733 0560 (40m by 42m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC50NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish LAIRG

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