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Hough Cairn


<b>Hough Cairn</b>Posted by markj99Image © Mark Johnstone
Nearest Town:Tobermory (56km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   NL95834505 / Sheet: 46
Latitude:56° 29' 56.35" N
Longitude:   6° 56' 37.57" W

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Hough Cairn is a cairn on the Isle of Tiree. It lies within 10 yards E of the edge of Hough Stone Circle S. It is a small robbed-out cairn measuring around 7 yards across by up to 0.5 yards high. There are two large stones exposed through the turf which covers the cairn. One stone is in the W kerb, the other in the E of the interior of the cairn. The grassy interior of the cairn has a lumpy profile probably concealing underlying stones. The incomplete perimeter has a kerb measuring 1.0 feet high by 2 feet wide running from NE to SE and a kerb measuring 1.5 feet high by 2 feet wide running from W to N.

Hough Cairn is described in Canmore ID 21433 (go to Links).
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5th November 2020ce
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Hough Cairn is not a large cairn however its proximity to Hough Stone Circle S gives it a greater significance in the landscape. What is the relationship between the cairn and the stone circle? Which site was erected first?
Canmore ID 21432 assigns the Hough Stone Circle S to the Neolithic or Bronze age but Canmore ID 21433 leaves the age of Hough Cairn unassigned. Excavation of the Hough Cairn would provide the answer but there are no archaeological records. The mystery remains.
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5th November 2020ce


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Canmore ID 21433

Hough Cairn, Isle of Tiree
Posted by markj99
5th November 2020ce