Scheduled Monument

Gallow Hill,long cairns and chambered cairnSM483

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
29/12/1933
Last Date Amended
17/05/1993
Supplementary Information Updated
23/05/2019
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn; long cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Thurso
NGR
ND 15289 61620
Coordinates
315289, 961620

Description

This monument comprises two long cairns and a single round chambered cairn. The shorter long cairn is centred at ND 15186181, is

orientated NNW-SSE and is 41m long. This cairn expands towards its S end, where it is 16m across. There are traces of horned projections

at the S end of the cairn and traces of a possible chamber towards

the N end. The second long cairn is centred at ND15316157 and is a

very large and relatively undisturbed example. It is similarly

oriented and is about 68m long, with short horns which project from

the SSE. This cairn is evidently of several phases of construction

and may originally have consisted of three individual cairns which

were later joined together. The third cairn is centred at ND 15346151 and is a round cairn with traces of a chamber. The cairn is about 12

by 8m in diameter and 0.9m high, but was probably once rather larger.

The area to be scheduled is in two parts; the N area is a maximum of

70m NNW-SSE by 50m SW-NE, while the S area measures a maximum of 150m SSE-NNW by 70m SSW-NNE. The scheduled area includes the three cairns

and an area around in which traces of activities associated with

their construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the

attached map.

References

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