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Upper Latheron,chambered cairn 530m ESE of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2663 / 58°15'58"N

Longitude: -3.3919 / 3°23'30"W

OS Eastings: 318437

OS Northings: 931688

OS Grid: ND184316

Mapcode National: GBR K6ZW.BYD

Mapcode Global: WH6F8.VHZC

Entry Name: Upper Latheron,chambered cairn 530m ESE of

Scheduled Date: 3 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5311

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The site consists of a ruined cairn about 18m in diameter and 0.8m high. At the centre of the cairn are 4 upright stone slabs which represent the end stone and divisional slabs of an internal chamber within the cairn. The area to be scheduled measures 50m SW-NE by 40m SE-NW, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use will survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual beliefs and burial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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