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Round Cairn


Came down from St. Margaret's Hope and took the other end of the Herston road, the one marked Sandwick and Herston. The big pile I came across first on the left was simply a farmer's spoil heap, the cairn lying shyly by contrast not many yards ahead and the standing stone downhill to its left. Weather mostly damp whilst I was there or I might have tarried further.
Immediately apparent is a roughly circular depression about 5.5x4.4m that I presume to have been left by the ?unofficial excavation, though it certainly has structure beneath. I assume the smallish boulders that I can see about the depression include the NE arc mentioned by NMRS. To the left is one 0.4x0.4x0.3m, at the right back a shaped boulder (some straight sides but not rectangular) 0.7x0.5x0.3m by the fence. On the right three more that include one 0.3x0.4x0.3m. In front of these on the bank of the depression there is an excavated rectangle 1.6x0.9x0.6m whose sides reveal an earth-and-stone matrix.Still looking at it from downhill the cairn seems to tower over you, certainly feels like there was more than a metre of something on the hillside. Can feel stones most places underfoot and wonder if the grass will die back at all to show more later in the year.
wideford Posted by wideford
21st August 2004ce
Edited 21st August 2004ce

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