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Carn Liath,long cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Tain and Easter Ross, Highland

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Latitude: 57.7899 / 57°47'23"N

Longitude: -4.1379 / 4°8'16"W

OS Eastings: 272996

OS Northings: 879808

OS Grid: NH729798

Mapcode National: GBR J844.C9D

Mapcode Global: WH4DZ.DGSK

Entry Name: Carn Liath,long cairn

Scheduled Date: 15 October 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4752

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Tain

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross


A long cairn measuring 35m NE-SW by 14m wide at the NE end and 8m wide at the SW end, with a maximum height of 2.0m at the NE end. The area to be scheduled measures 55m NE-SW by 35m to include the cairn and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with its use will survive, as indicated in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The site is of national importance because it is a large and fairly undisturbed Neolithic unchambered long cairn which can give us a greater understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial practice. In addition, features and pollen sealed beneath the surface of the cairn can give us a greater understanding of the environment and land-use immediately prior to its construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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