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ID:EHG3760
External Ref:BRAE12
Name:DBA and walkover survey - Braehour Forest Block, Near Mybster, Caithness
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Nov-Dec 2012

Description

An archaeological walkover survey of Braehour Forest Block, south of Halkirk in Caithness, was conducted by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in 2012 on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland. The majority of the Forest Block was planted around 30 or more years ago. The fieldwork was conducted in order to locate archaeological sites previously listed in the Forestry Commission Braehour Heritage Module and to locate any new sites prior to felling of the woodland. Forty-nine of the previously recorded sites were not located and twenty-five new sites were recorded, including hut circles, farmsteads, shielings, boundary dykes, cairns, enclosures and tracks. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Looking down forest ride to low mound, possible shieling site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking from the track across two shieling sites (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesGrass-covered mound, possible shieling site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-, moss- and reed-covered semicircular bank located at the (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesGrass- and moss-covered stone-built dyke, part of farmstead (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMoss-covered stone-built farmstead within dense forestry (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMoss-covered stone-built farmstead within dense forestry (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMoss-covered stone-built farmstead within dense forestry (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMoss-covered stone-built farmstead within dense forestry (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaelogical ServicesTwo grass-covered amorphous-shaped mounds adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTwo shieling mounds adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTwo shieling mounds adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTwo shieling mounds adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesShieling mound adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesShieling mound adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMound with remains of structure, possible farmstead (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking beyond forestry area to open ground and shieling site 1853 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across the flat, empty landscape from ND 08012 51008 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across the flat, empty landscape from ND 08012 51008 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across the flat, empty landscape from ND 08801 50913 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRemains of possible shieling adjacent to burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLarge grass-covered sub-oval mound adjacent to burn, possible shieling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across the flat, empty landscape from ND 08124 51761 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRemains of bridge abutments for burn crossing (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPeat stack at the centre of Site 6, possible peat quarry or work staging area (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesView across flat, ploughed landscape from peat stack at the centre of Site 6 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesView across flat, ploughed landscape from peat stack at the centre of Site 6 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPossible shieling under heather and grasses to N side of burn (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built farmstead (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built farmstead (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built bothy over possible earlier structure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built bothy over possible earlier structure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesHut circle mound located in flat landscape (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSmall mound located in flat landscape (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRemains of a hut circle (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRemains of a substantial hut circle (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across the remains of two hut circles (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTurf- and grass-covered mound in flat landscape (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesVery degraded remains of a hut circle (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesU-shaped structure, probable burnt mound (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across extensive area of peat cuttings (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTurf-covered mound located in a forest ride (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesStone and turf dyke (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTurf-covered stone bank, possible a prehistoric enclosure (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesStone and turf dyke (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesAmorphous spread of stone (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRemains of degraded stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRaised, grass-covered track (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous house built of Caithness slabs with stone slabbed roof (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous house built of Caithness slabs with stone slabbed roof (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous house built of Caithness slabs with stone slabbed roof (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous house built of Caithness slabs with stone slabbed roof (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuinous house built of Caithness slabs with stone slabbed roof (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesInterior of house, showing slab-built partition (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuined interior of house (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLintel slab over fireplace in house (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWood-burning stove in house (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesStone setting near house site 143a (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser )  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRuins of stone-built farmstead (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLow footings of stone-built structure (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 5156 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 0947 5148 (4990m by 4943m)
Map Sheet:ND05SE
Civil Parish:HALKIRK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Braehour Forest Block, Halkirk, Caithness

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M.. 2012. Braehour Forest Block Near Mybster, Caithness: Archaeological Walkover Survey - Summary of the Methodology and Results. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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MHG56010Shieling - Allt Loch Meadie, Halkirk (Monument)
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MHG55994Shieling - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
MHG56007Shieling - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
MHG56012Shieling - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
MHG56014Shieling - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
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MHG55997Structure - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
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MHG55976Track - Braehour, Halkirk (Monument)
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