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Scotsburn Wood, chambered cairn 550m NNE of Scotsburn House

A Scheduled Monument in Tain and Easter Ross, Highland

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Latitude: 57.7626 / 57°45'45"N

Longitude: -4.1498 / 4°8'59"W

OS Eastings: 272192

OS Northings: 876794

OS Grid: NH721767

Mapcode National: GBR J836.KV1

Mapcode Global: WH4F5.744Z

Entry Name: Scotsburn Wood, chambered cairn 550m NNE of Scotsburn House

Scheduled Date: 31 March 1971

Last Amended: 14 February 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2914

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Logie Easter

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Tain and Easter Ross


The monument comprises a chambered burial cairn of Neolithic date, located within extensive forestry plantations. Since it was scheduled in 1971, the original scheduling papers appear to have become lost. This re-scheduling rectifies the position.

The area was ploughed many years ago, and although the cairn has been disturbed, sufficient survives to provide a brief description and to confirm that archaeological deposits are likely to survive. The cairn is approximately circular, 15m in diameter. Its edges are generally obscured by vegetation. In the centre are the remains of a chamber with 2 compartments, formed of large slabs. This was entered from the E.

The area now to be scheduled is a circle 35m in diameter, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved example of a Neolithic chambered cairn. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices and also environmental evidence relating to contemporary vegetation and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NH 77 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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