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TITLE
Clava Cairns
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JACKWATSON_003
PLACENAME
Clava
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Croy and Dalcross
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Jack Watson
SOURCE
Jack Watson
ASSET ID
28798
KEYWORDS
Inverness-shire
Inverness
Culloden
Clava Cairn
cairn
Bronze Age
Balnuaran of Clava
ancient
Clava Cairns

This photograph contains an autumnal view of one of the Clava Cairns, located just east of Inverness near Culloden.

The site at Balnuaran of Clava comprises of two chambered cairns and a ring cairn, each surrounded by a stone circle. The site has given its name to two varieties of cairns found in and around the Inverness area (ring cairn and passage grave). It was originally thought that the site dates from the late-Neolithic but recent excavation work suggests they may be later, from the Bronze Age.

The passageways of the two burial cairns or passage-graves are aligned to the midwinter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight in the year. The kerb stones and the standing stones are also graded in size, becoming larger towards the southwest and the midwinter sunset. Excavations in 1828, 1857 and the 1950s revealed pieces of pottery and flint and cremated human bones. The site was obviously of great significance and was possibly reserved for people of high status

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Clava Cairns

INVERNESS: Croy and Dalcross

2000s

Inverness-shire; Inverness; Culloden; Clava Cairn; cairn; Bronze Age; Balnuaran of Clava; ancient

Jack Watson

Jack Watson Photography

This photograph contains an autumnal view of one of the Clava Cairns, located just east of Inverness near Culloden. <br /> <br /> The site at Balnuaran of Clava comprises of two chambered cairns and a ring cairn, each surrounded by a stone circle. The site has given its name to two varieties of cairns found in and around the Inverness area (ring cairn and passage grave). It was originally thought that the site dates from the late-Neolithic but recent excavation work suggests they may be later, from the Bronze Age. <br /> <br /> The passageways of the two burial cairns or passage-graves are aligned to the midwinter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight in the year. The kerb stones and the standing stones are also graded in size, becoming larger towards the southwest and the midwinter sunset. Excavations in 1828, 1857 and the 1950s revealed pieces of pottery and flint and cremated human bones. The site was obviously of great significance and was possibly reserved for people of high status