Corcoran, J. X W P., (1964). Excavation of three chambered cairns at Loch Calder, Caithness. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 98. Vol 98, pp. 1-75.

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Excavation of three chambered cairns at Loch Calder, Caithness
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Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 98
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Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
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98
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1 - 75
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ND 07056192, 06816189, 06766187. Three chambered cairns were excavated in advance of reservoir construction. Tulach an t-Sionnaich proved to be a passage grave set in a heel-shaped cairn of Shetland type, to which a chamberless long cairn had been added. Burnt and unburnt human bone, with evidence for storage before burial, were found together with animal bones (including dog) and featureless Neolithic pottery. Tulloch of Assery A was a short-horned cairn with a passage, antechamber and chamber at each end. Undisturbed burial deposits of nine to eleven persons were in the N chamber, but the S chamber had suffered modern disturbance. A discussion on the problem of extra-revetment material includes the results of experiments on site. Tulloch of Assery B was a large circular cairn over a Camster type chamber. Stability had been ensured by carefully reinforced construction. Artefacts under the chamber paving included pottery representing the northernmost extension of the "W Neolithic" class. The burial deposit was unburnt bone. The chambers of all three cairns had been blocked after use. Discussion sets them in their Caithness context, but origins remain obscure. The economy suggested by the food remains is sketched.
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John X W P Corcoran
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1964
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Subject - Auto Detected: Artefacts
Subject - Auto Detected: Burial
Subject - Auto Detected: Cairns
Neolithic
Subject - Auto Detected: Bone
Subject - Auto Detected: Camster
Subject - Auto Detected: Grave
Subject - Auto Detected: Human Bone
Subject - Auto Detected: Chamber
Subject - Auto Detected: Animal Bones
Subject - Auto Detected: Circular Cairn
Subject - Auto Detected: Pottery
Subject - Auto Detected: Chambered Cairns
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05 Dec 2008