Gask

Clava Ring-Cairn - Inverness-shire

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NH 67940 35825 (GPS 64min) Diameter 24.5m (meas.)*
Visited July 1999 No magnetic anomalies

The ring-cairn at Gask is the largest in the Clava group at 24.5m diameter, curiously the surrounding stone circle is not exactly concentric with the cairn, its centre being shifted 1.7m south relative to that of the cairn. This misalignment has been put forward as evidence that the two structures were not constructed contemporaneously.
Only three circle stones are standing today, and one of these is particularly imposing at 3.4m wide and 3m high. There are also several fallen circle stones present, one of which bears three cupmarks. Many of the outer kerbstones of the cairn are still in position and visible, but only a few of the inner kerbs can be seen, and these do not give a clear indication of the extent of the internal area they once delimited. Both the circle stones and kerbs were height graded to the SSW.

*Diameter of outer kerbs, cairn material and damage to stone circle made circle measurement too difficult.

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