Key Sites



Cnoc Freiceadain

Loch Caulder

Three chambered tombs lie on the present shore of Loch Calder. Destined to be submerged by the rising waters, all have been partly excavated. Tulach an t' Sionnaich (ND070619) was a square chamber with an off-set passage, and contained within a small circular cairn, held the remains of two individuals, a man about 30 years old and a woman in her late teens.

Further westwards are two other cairns, Tulloch of Assery A (ND068618) and B (ND067618). The first is a short horned cairn with an overall length of 32m and, uniquely for Caithness, two chambers set back-to-back and entered from forecourts at the north and south ends. The southern chamber contained the remains of at least five individuals. Tulloch of Assery B has one chamber set in an oval cairn over 33m in length. Amongst the finds from the chamber were pottery sherds and flint and chert artefacts, including the tip of an arrowhead embedded in a vertebrae of a body. Perhaps this is one of the earliest indicators of warfare in Caithness.

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