MHG1219 - Chambered Cairn, Cnoc Freiceadain

Summary

A chambered long cairn with projecting stones suggesting the presence of internal structures.

Type and Period (1)

  • CHAMBERED LONG CAIRN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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Full Description

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

This chambered cairn is 220ft long with two horns at the NE end projecting an additional 18ft and 30ft. A possible horn at the SW end projects 16ft. The SW end resembles a round flat-topped steep-sided cairn 8ft high and 53ft wide; from thence to NE end the cairn is about 35ft wide and 3-4ft high. Stones projecting from the cairn suggest a peristalith, a chamber, and cists or other structures (A S Henshall 1963), and these probably account for OS publication (RCAHMS 1911).
A S Henshall 1963, RCAHMS 1911. <1><2>

This turf-covered long cairn is generally as described above, but there is now no trace of the horn at SW end.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 18 November 1964.

(ND 0133 6542) Long Cairn (NR) OS 6"map, (1969)

No change. Visited by OS (J B) 8 August 1981.


Close-Brooks, J, 1986, Exploring Scotland's Heritage: The Highlands, 167-8, No. 96 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2053.


Davidson, JL and Henshall, A S, 1991, The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, 107-8, no. 18; plan (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2115.


<1> Henshall, A S, 1963, The chambered tombs of Scotland, Volume 1, 56, 58, 75-7, 102, 267, CAT 18; plan, fig. 40 (Text/Publication/Monograph). SHG357.


<2> RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 102, No. 370 (Text/Report). SHG2657.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0132 6542 (82m by 102m)
Map sheet ND06NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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