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Grey Cairn, broch 475m south east of Lynegar

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.491 / 58°29'27"N

Longitude: -3.3217 / 3°19'18"W

OS Eastings: 323047

OS Northings: 956624

OS Grid: ND230566

Mapcode National: GBR L658.TB4

Mapcode Global: WH6D4.YVD3

Entry Name: Grey Cairn, broch 475m SE of Lynegar

Scheduled Date: 18 October 1938

Last Amended: 19 July 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM452

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: broch

Location: Watten

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a broch, visible as a grass covered mound. The monument was first scheduled in 1938, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument is located in the SW corner of a ploughed field to the N of Loch Watten at c23m OD. It is sub-circular with maximum dimensions 44m NS by 41m EW with a platform 8m in diameter in the SW sector. No surface structures are visible.

The Ordnance Survey record that while ploughing about 1935, James Barnetson of Georgemas, discovered a 'tunnel' in the W of the mound and several animal bones.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 55m centred on the centre of the broch, to include the broch and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as the remains of an Iron Age broch which offers the potential to provide significant information on the nature of settlement and defensive architecture during this period of prehistory.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as ND25NW3.

References:

ORDNANCE SURVEY (NAME BOOK) 1871, Original Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 12, 20.

RCAHMS 1911, THIRD REPORT AND INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF CAITHNESS, Edinburgh, HMSO, 131, No 471.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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