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Cnoc na Maranaich,chambered cairn,burial cist and standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.278 / 58°16'40"N

Longitude: -3.4813 / 3°28'52"W

OS Eastings: 313222

OS Northings: 933110

OS Grid: ND132331

Mapcode National: GBR K6SV.612

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.H6G9

Entry Name: Cnoc na Maranaich,chambered cairn,burial cist and standing stone

Scheduled Date: 23 October 1934

Last Amended: 1 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM443

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument consists of a chambered cairn, a burial cist, a

standing stone and an area of stone quarrying which may be

contemporary with the chambered cairn and cist. The chambered cairn

is about 19m in diameter and 2m high and is partly turf covered. The central area has been disturbed and this has revealed a number of

slabs which once formed part of a chamber. 4 modern cairns

surmount the chambered cairn and an old sheep shelter has been constucted on its NE side. 7m to the E is a standing stone formed of

a slab of rectangular cross section, pointed at the top and about

2.6m high. About 75m SSE of the chambered cairn is a burial cist with the capping stone still in position. The capping stone measures about 1.2 by 0.9m and beneath its corner can be seen the uprignt slab of a cist. The interior appears to be untouched. Immediately to the N and

NW of the burial cist are traces of quarrying which could be contemporary with the construction of the 2 burial monuments. Two or more large flat stones have been intentionally wedged with blocks of stone in an attempt to loosen them from a natural rock stratum. These stones appear similar to the capping stone used in the cist.

The area to be scheduled measures 160m NNW-SSE by 65m NNE-SSW, to include the chambered cairn, the cist, the standing stone and the evidence for quarrying, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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