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Davochfin,chambered cairn 700m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 57.8799 / 57°52'47"N

Longitude: -4.0729 / 4°4'22"W

OS Eastings: 277166

OS Northings: 889708

OS Grid: NH771897

Mapcode National: GBR J79W.YX0

Mapcode Global: WH4DM.D6QK

Entry Name: Davochfin,chambered cairn 700m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5493

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Dornoch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


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.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 78 NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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