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Grannie's Heilan Hame, chambered cairn 30m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in East Sutherland and Edderton, Highland

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Latitude: 57.9077 / 57°54'27"N

Longitude: -3.9967 / 3°59'48"W

OS Eastings: 281777

OS Northings: 892667

OS Grid: NH817926

Mapcode National: GBR J7HT.PZ3

Mapcode Global: WH4DG.LH0R

Entry Name: Grannie's Heilan Hame, chambered cairn 30m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 9 May 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5975

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Dornoch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: East Sutherland and Edderton

Traditional County: Sutherland


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn preserved in a car park at the entrance to a caravan park.

The chambered cairn is of the Orkney-Cromarty type, is approximately round and has two chambers. At a later date two short cists and a number of un-cisted cremations were inserted into the cairn. Excavation located traces of a kerb to the cairn on the SE side. The S chamber may originally have been covered by a small cairn and the N chamber and N portion of the cairn have been added later. The passage and entrance to the S chamber had been blocked at some stage in the development of the monument. One later cist had been excavated into the S chamber and this contained an intact pot and jet beads. A second, later cist had been excavated into the centre of the cairn and contained the skeletons of two babies accompanied by a pot and some sherds of Beaker pottery, of early Bronze Age date. Nine cremations were found: one was accompanied by a bronze razor and another by part of a bronze blade.

The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 15m SW-NE by 8m NW-SE, to include the remains of the chambered cairn, as shown on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric burial architecture and burial practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NH89SW9.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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