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Lairg Moor South, chambered cairn 290m north of Sydney House

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.0324 / 58°1'56"N

Longitude: -4.3893 / 4°23'21"W

OS Eastings: 259009

OS Northings: 907301

OS Grid: NC590073

Mapcode National: GBR H7JH.J4V

Mapcode Global: WH3BK.KC2M

Entry Name: Lairg Moor South, chambered cairn 290m N of Sydney House

Scheduled Date: 16 June 1939

Last Amended: 22 March 2005

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1818

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

The monument comprises a round chambered cairn. The monument was originally scheduled in 1939, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the present rescheduling rectifies this.

The cairn has been robbed in the past and remains as a mound of turf-covered stones enclosed by a shallow ditch and low bank of turf-covered stones. The whole structure measures about 13m NE-SW by 20m. The remains of a central chamber were noted in 1909 but are no longer visible.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 40m centred on the centre of the cairn, to include the cairn 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

The monument is of national importance as the remains of a prehistoric chambered cairn which has the potential to provide important information on and enhance our understanding of the funerary and ritual architecture of the Neolithic period in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NC50NE37.

References: Henshall A S 1963, THE CHAMBERED TOMBS OF SCOTLAND, Edinburgh, Vol. 1, 322.

RCAHMS 1911a, SECOND REPORT AND INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF SUTHERLAND, Edinburgh, 156-57, No. 453.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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