Shurrey, Sithean Dubh

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Canmore ID 7736
Site Number ND05NW 6
NGR ND 0497 5834
Parish REAY
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District CAITHNESS
Former County CAITHNESS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

ND05NW 6 0497 5834.

(ND 0497 5834) Cairn (NR)
Human Remains found (NAT)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

This round Orkney-Cromarty type cairn is 90 to 100ft in diameter and was about 10ft high before it was severely robbed in or shortly before 1910. A short length of the face of an encircling wall of horizontally-laid slabs is exposed on the W side, 12ft within the present cairn edge. Stones protruding through the debris seem to indicate the presence of two Camster-type chambers (A S Henshall 1963).
In or about 1831 two gigantic human skeketons were removed from this cairn and sent to some Antiquarian Society in London by the late Capt MacDonald of Sandside, Reay (Name Book 1873).
Name Book 1873; RCAHMS 1911; A S Henshall 1963.

The much mutilated remains of a round cairn as described above measure 30.0m in diameter by 1.7m high. Several large, flat stones set on edge and protruding from the cairn in the SE indicate the presence of a chamber and stalls.
Resurveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R D) 17 August 1964.

(ND 0497 5834) Chambered Cairn (NR)
OS 6" map, (1963)

This chambered cairn is as described and planned by the previous authorities.
Visited by OS (J B) 21 July 1981.

Books and References

Davidson and Henshall, J L and A S (1991) The chambered cairns of Caithness: an inventory of the structures and their contents, Edinburgh
Page(s): 134-5, no. 48 plan Held at RCAHMS E.7.11.HEN

Henshall, A S (1963a) The chambered tombs of Scotland,, vol.1 Edinburgh
Page(s): 70-1, 73, 287, CAT 48 plan fig. 48 Held at RCAHMS E.7.1.HEN

Ordnance Survey (Name Book) Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey (6 inch and 1/2500 scale). Held at RCAHMS on micro fiche.
Page(s): Book No. 9, 138 Held at RCAHMS Ref

RCAHMS (1911b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, London
Page(s): 99, No. 363 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(3).R

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