Scheduled Monument

Grannie's Heilan Hame, chambered cairn 30m NNE ofSM5975

Status: Designated

Documents

Where documents include maps, the use of this data is subject to terms and conditions (https://portal.historicenvironment.scot/termsandconditions).

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.

Summary

Date Added
09/05/1994
Supplementary Information Updated
22/11/2019
Type
Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn
Local Authority
Highland
Planning Authority
Highland
Parish
Dornoch
NGR
NH 81777 92667
Coordinates
281777, 892667

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn preserved in a car park at the entrance to a caravan park.

The chambered cairn is of the Orkney-Cromarty type, is approximately round and has two chambers. At a later date two short cists and a number of un-cisted cremations were inserted into the cairn. Excavation located traces of a kerb to the cairn on the SE side. The S chamber may originally have been covered by a small cairn and the N chamber and N portion of the cairn have been added later. The passage and entrance to the S chamber had been blocked at some stage in the development of the monument. One later cist had been excavated into the S chamber and this contained an intact pot and jet beads. A second, later cist had been excavated into the centre of the cairn and contained the skeletons of two babies accompanied by a pot and some sherds of Beaker pottery, of early Bronze Age date. Nine cremations were found: one was accompanied by a bronze razor and another by part of a bronze blade.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 15m SW-NE by 8m NW-SE, to include the remains of the chambered cairn, as shown on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

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

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NH89SW9.

About Scheduled Monuments

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

The format of scheduled monument records has changed over time. Earlier records will usually be brief. Some information will not have been recorded and the map will not be to current standards. Even if what is described and what is mapped has changed, the monument is still scheduled.

Scheduled monument consent is required to carry out certain work, including repairs, to scheduled monuments. Applications for scheduled monument consent are made to us. We are happy to discuss your proposals with you before you apply and we do not charge for advice or consent. More information about consent and how to apply for it can be found on our website at www.historicenvironment.scot.

Find out more about scheduling and our other designations at www.historicenvironment.scot/advice-and-support. You can contact us on 0131 668 8914 or at designations@hes.scot.

Images

There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to Grannie's Heilan Hame, chambered cairn 30m NNE of

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 24/10/2021 14:03