Scheduled Monument

Davochfin,chambered cairn 700m NNW ofSM5493

Status: Designated

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Summary

Date Added
09/12/1992
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Dornoch
NGR
NH 77166 89708
Coordinates
277166, 889708

Description

This monument consists of the remains of a chambered cairn situated in a forestry plantation. The chambered cairn measures about 17m N-S by 14m E-W and survives to a maximum height of about 1.5m. Near the centre of the cairn the top of an upright slab, lying E-W, is exposed. At the SE of the cairn is another, leaning, slab with a N-S axis. A third slab just inside the S edge of the cairn is aligned N-S.

These stones suggest the location of the chamber of the chambered cairn. Some damage has occurred to the N part of the cairn through stone quarrying earlier this century.

The area to be scheduled is 40m in diameter, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric ritual and burial practices.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NH 78 NE 1.

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