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Phopachy, crannog 540m NNW of

A Scheduled Monument in Aird and Loch Ness, Highland

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Latitude: 57.488 / 57°29'16"N

Longitude: -4.3334 / 4°20'0"W

OS Eastings: 260220

OS Northings: 846603

OS Grid: NH602466

Mapcode National: GBR H8NX.ZR2

Mapcode Global: WH3F9.D1PX

Entry Name: Phopachy, crannog 540m NNW of

Scheduled Date: 7 December 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7816

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: Kirkhill

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Aird and Loch Ness

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric crannog surviving as a low cairn on intertidal mudflats.

The crannog is formed by an oval cairn of boulders which projects out of the mudflats at low tide. Sub-surface timbers have been recorded which may form part of a timber framework and these have been radiocarbon dated to the later prehistoric period.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the crannog and an area around in which traces of associated materials may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and 60m in diameter and is marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric life. The preservation of timbers indicates that the waterlogged nature of the site has preserved the organic remains of the crannog: these remains can provide evidence relating to the domestic lives and diet of the people who built and used the monument.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH 64 NW 40.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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