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Dun Beag, cairn 100m SSW of, Struan

A Scheduled Monument in Eilean á Chèo, Highland

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Latitude: 57.3592 / 57°21'33"N

Longitude: -6.4259 / 6°25'33"W

OS Eastings: 133932

OS Northings: 838526

OS Grid: NG339385

Mapcode National: GBR B9J8.FFV

Mapcode Global: WGY76.8995

Entry Name: Dun Beag, cairn 100m SSW of, Struan

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7930

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Bracadale

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Eilean á Chèo

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn.

The cairn lies on a ridge on a hill-slope at around 65m OD, and commands extensive views to the south and west. It is circular, approximately 6m in diameter, and is defined by a kerb of boulders. The centre of the cairn is only slightly higher than the surrounding ground level, with only a few stones emerging through the topsoil near the middle of the monument. It is not clear from the surface evidence whether this is the original form of the cairn, or whether it has been robbed of stone. A group of larger stones on the NW edge of the kerb may also indicate later disturbance to the cairn structure.

The area to be scheduled is a circle, 30m in diameter, centred on the cairn, 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 because of its potential contribution to the understanding of prehistoric burial and ceremonial activities. As a small unobtrusive cairn in an area noted for much larger chambered cairns, this monument has particular potential to enhance our knowledge of changing burial and ritual practices during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 33 NW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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