Scheduled Monument

Woodhead,chambered cairn 350m E ofSM4566

Status: Designated


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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.


Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
NH 65078 61018
265078, 861018


The monument consists of a chambered cairn measuring approximately 36m NE/SW by 22m NW/SE; despite robbing a considerable amount of cairn material survives in places. The chamber is rectangular and of Orkney Cromarty type; 3m in front of the portal stones is a large flat slab beneath which a vertical slab probably belonging to the passage can be seen.

The area proposed for scheduling includes ground in which will survive traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn; it is bounded on the W and S by arable land and on the E by, but excluding, a fence and forestry plantation and measures 55m NE/SW by 35m NW/SE as delineated in red on the attached map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance because it is a good example of an Orkney/Cromarty chambered cairn with a well preserved burial chamber. It is of further importance for the pollen preserved in its underlying old ground surface which will allow an understanding of the vegetation and farming practices of the period immediately preceding its construction.



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NH 66 SE 1.

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