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Clais-Cairn,chambered cairn 550m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2215 / 58°13'17"N

Longitude: -3.4766 / 3°28'35"W

OS Eastings: 313361

OS Northings: 926807

OS Grid: ND133268

Mapcode National: GBR K7S0.25K

Mapcode Global: WH5D9.KMQ6

Entry Name: Clais-Cairn,chambered cairn 550m SW of

Scheduled Date: 11 December 1933

Last Amended: 24 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM424

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument is a chambered cairn and consists of a low stone cairn with traces of a chamber in the centre. The cairn measures 17.5m N-S by 15m E-W and on the N side survives to a maximum height of 1.6m. The cairn is grass-grown, but where the cairn material can be observed it appears to consist of horizontal thin slabs. The entrance passageway to the chamber cannot be traced, but it probably ran from the SE side. A pair of large upright slabs facing in this direction have the appearance of portal stones. 5 or 6 other upright stones form part of the chamber, which may have been as much as 7m long. The area to be scheduled measures 40m SW-NE by 45m SE-NW, to include the chambered cairn and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the cairn will survive

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age burial and ritual practices. Much of the chamber and cairn survive at this site and information on the architecture of prehistoric tombs and burial deposits are preserved.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The site is RCAHMS number ND 12 NW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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