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Mill of Knockglass, long cairn 100m SSE of, Bridge of Westfield

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5519 / 58°33'6"N

Longitude: -3.6224 / 3°37'20"W

OS Eastings: 305685

OS Northings: 963787

OS Grid: ND056637

Mapcode National: GBR K6F3.TNK

Mapcode Global: WH5BP.B99W

Entry Name: Mill of Knockglass, long cairn 100m SSE of, Bridge of Westfield

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1938

Last Amended: 9 October 2001

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM469

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: long cairn

Location: Halkirk

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument comprises a long cairn, a chambered burial place of Neolithic date. It was scheduled in 1938, but the area designated at that time was not large enough to protect the whole cairn or the area of archaeological importance around it. Hence this extension.

The cairn lies on a rise on the W bank of the Forss Water. It is oriented NE-SW and is about 40m long. Its width tapers from a maximum of 18m at the SE to 11m at the NW. The cairn is largely grass covered, although traces of a kerb of larger stones are visible, particularly at the NW and SE extremities. There is no trace of a chamber or entrance passage.

The area now to be scheduled is rectangular, 60m NW-SE by 40m, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence relating to its construction and use is likely to survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively well preserved example of Neolithic long cairn, which shows no obvious signs of having been seriously disturbed since its construction. It has the potential to provide important information about prehistoric ritual and funerary practices, and may contain deposits capable of providing anatomical and genetic material relating to the Neolithic inhabitants of Caithness and environmental evidence relating to contemporary vegetation and land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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