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Dursainean,chambered cairn,Garrabost

A Scheduled Monument in Sgire an Rubha, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.2167 / 58°13'0"N

Longitude: -6.2177 / 6°13'3"W

OS Eastings: 152394

OS Northings: 933081

OS Grid: NB523330

Mapcode National: GBR C710.DS6

Mapcode Global: WGY31.GQFV

Entry Name: Dursainean,chambered cairn,Garrabost

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5357

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Stornoway

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgire an Rubha

Traditional County: Ross-shire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a chambered cairn constructed during the Neolithic period.

The site, situated on the summit of a small hill, is susbstantial, despite severe disturbance. Most of the overlying cairn material has been robbed for building houses. The cairn is oval in shape measuring 29.8m N-S by 21.5m E-W. The outer kerb retains approximately seven of its stones, several of which are upright. The chamber, contained within four central corner stones is slightly to the North of centre. There is a split slab which may have been a capstone. Many stones, both upright and fallen, are concentrated in this part of the cairn forming part of the chamber.

The area to be scheduled is circular with a maximum diameter of 40m to include the cairn and an area surrounding it which may contain evidence of activity related to its construction and use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it preserves evidence of Neolithic burial practice, and may provide further evidence through excavation for land use, material culture and ritual belief at the time of its construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NB 53 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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