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Balvaird Wood,chambered cairn 450m NNE of East End

A Scheduled Monument in Dingwall and Seaforth, Highland

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Latitude: 57.5417 / 57°32'29"N

Longitude: -4.4386 / 4°26'18"W

OS Eastings: 254133

OS Northings: 852792

OS Grid: NH541527

Mapcode National: GBR H8DS.RKM

Mapcode Global: WH3DV.SPLV

Entry Name: Balvaird Wood,chambered cairn 450m NNE of East End

Scheduled Date: 25 June 1990

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4741

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Urquhart and Logie Wester

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Dingwall and Seaforth

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a chambered cairn consisting of five upright slabs delineating the chamber and three further slabs indicating the entrance passage. The cairn material is spread and scattered to the S of the chamber and a modern dyke overlies the cairn on the E. The area to be scheduled includes the cairn and ground in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use will survive but excludes the above-ground portions of the modern dyke overlying its east side; it measures 20m NE/SW by 20m NW/SE and is defined on its NW side by a track and on its NE side by a dyke, which are both excluded from the area to be scheduled.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a good example of an Orkney-Cromarty chambered cairn of the polygonal chamber type, because it can give us a greater understanding of Neolithic burial practice and, through the pollen in the underlying old ground surface, of the vegetation and farming practices of the period immediately preceding its construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 55 SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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