Carn Liath

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Alternative Names Bunahoun
Site Type BROCH
Canmore ID 6833
Site Number NC85SE 3
NGR NC 8940 5233
Parish FARR
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District SUTHERLAND
Former County SUTHERLAND
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NC85SE 3 8940 5233.

(NC 8940 5233) Carn Liath (NAT) Broch (NR)
OS 6"map, (1963)

The remains of a broch consisting of a mound of small stones, about 2m high, known as Carn Liath - the Grey Cairn. The circuit of the external grounders can be traced, indicating a diameter of 18.8m over walls 4.5m thick. In 1909 the entrance passage was visible in the east, but no structural features were discernible in 1960.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (W D J) 28 April 1960.

A broch generally as described above. A rough trench has been cut across the broch revealing the entrance in the NE. No other details have been exposed.
Revised at 1/10,560.
Visited by OS (J B) 8 June 1977.


Project Euan W Mackie Broch Corpus 2

NC85 1 BUNAHOUN ('Carn Liath') NC/8940 5233
Probable broch in Farr, Sutherland; it is a mainly featureless heap of stones 2m high and situated on a slight rise between the road and the river. Traces of an entrance passage 4.27m (14ft) long were visible on the east [2] and occasional foundation stones of the wallfaces suggest an overall diameter of 18.8m over a wall 4.5m thick [1]; the internal diameter would thus be 9.8m[2]. Few structural features are visible now except an arc of massive basal stones on the south forming the foundations of the outer wall [4].

Sources: 1. NMRS site no. NC85SE 3: 2. RCAHMS 1911a, 62, no. 187: 3. Mercer 1980, 146 no. 1: 4. Swanson (ms) 1985, 768 –69 and plan.
E W MacKie 2007

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Books and References

MacKie, E W (2007) The Roundhouses, Brochs and Wheelhouses of Atlantic Scotland c.700 BC-AD 500: architecture and material culture, the Northern and Southern Mainland and the Western Islands, BAR British series 444(II), 444(1), 2 V Oxford
Page(s): 647 Held at RCAHMS E.9.1.MAC

RCAHMS (1911a) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, Edinburgh
Page(s): 62, No. 187 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(2)

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