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Mains of Clava SW

Ring Cairn

<b>Mains of Clava SW</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (7.10.2010)
Nearest Town:Inverness (10km W)
OS Ref (GB):   NH75854441 / Sheet: 27
Latitude:57° 28' 22.76" N
Longitude:   4° 4' 13.5" W

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Visited 25.7.14

Completely ruined. Now no more than a grass covered mound of stones in the field opposite the car park.

Don’t bother.
Posted by CARL
21st August 2014ce
Edited 21st August 2014ce

Instead we return along the road towards the main complex, where a gate leads into the field in which Mains of Clava SW can be found. Previously dismissed as a hut circle, this site has now been reinterpreted as a ring cairn after excavation. We find a decent sized but rather overgrown mound, with some exposed stonework. Obviously nowhere near as impressive as the main enclosure, but this is still a very decent addition to the group. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13th July 2012ce


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Detailed description from Scotlands Places:

A circular earthwork SE of the guardianship enclosure, which is currently recorded as a 'hut circle', was examined by small- scale excavation and proved to be the remains of a ring-cairn. Four of the outer kerb stones still survived, together with a broad bank of rubble. It seems likely that the monument was constructed in two phases. The first involved the construction of the cairn from surface boulders. In a later phase the interior was excavated and soil was piled against the outer kerb of the monument. This material included a small amount of cremated bone and contained a number of sandstone slabs - a feature which was also recognised in the ring-cairn within the guardianship enclosure.
Sponsors: Historic Scotland and Reading University with assistance from Highland Archaeology Service.
R Bradley 1996
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
24th October 2010ce