Scheduled Monument

Sithean Mor,long cairn 160m NW of Loch a'MhuilinnSM482

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
04/12/1933
Last Date Amended
05/07/1993
Supplementary Information Updated
23/05/2019
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cist; long cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Reay
NGR
ND 5890 57035
Coordinates
305890, 957035

Description

The monument consists of a horned long cairn on high ground in a forestry plantation.

The cairn lies along a slight ridge, with its axis from NNE-SSW. The total length, excluding the horns, is about 62m. The NE end consists

of a steep-sided mound about 22m in diameter and about 2m high. The

low cairn extending to the SW is about 12m wide. The height of this cairn increases from 0.8m at the base of the high mound to 1.2m at

the SW end. Down the centre of the cairn is a series of irregular hollows. A number of upright slabs are set transversely to the axis. There are traces of a horn on the SW end, but these have been

disturbed by forestry ploughing. A stone-built cist exists in the forecourt area to the SW of the cairn. This is undisturbed and

measures about 0.5m NNE-SSW by 0.52m NNW-SSE. The cap-stone has been removed during forestry ploughing in this area.

The area to be scheduled measures 95m SSW-NNE by 35m ESE-WNW, to

include the long cairn, the cist and an area around in which traces

of activities associated with the construction and use of the long

cairn and cist may survive, as shown in red on the attached plan.

References

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