|Type of record:||Monument|
|Name:||Possible ring cairn, Balblair Wood|
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A circular earthwork identified as a Bronze Age ring-cairn.
|Grid Reference:||NH 50403 44677|
- (Former) HUT CIRCLE? (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
- RING CAIRN? (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- Historic Environment Record: MHG55414
This probable hut circle consists of a turf, moss and bracken covered bank varying between 0.4 m and 0.6 m in height and 2 m to 3 m in width. The feature has a diameter of approximately 13 m. stones are visible in the bank and a possible entrance exists on the SE side. <1>
This feature was evaluated by GUARD in September 2010. Two hand dug trenches were excavated to investigate the feature, which was found to comprise a mound of cobbles with a raised outer bank up to 0.7m high and a flat raised area within. The central area had been raised by the deposition of sandy silt and cobbles with another deposit of sand and silt lying beneath associated with some flat stones.
In light of these results the feature was tentatively identified as a form of ring-cairn, a typically Bronze Age monument, although further excavation would be required to confirm this. <2>
Sources and further reading
|<1>||Dataset/Database File: GUARD. 2010. Beauly to Denny 400kV Powerline: Cultural Heritage Survey Sites Highland. MDB. ES No 004, GUARD Field Survey No 298. |
|<2>||Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Becket, A. 2010. Beauly to Denny 400kV Overhead Transmission Line - Beauly Substation, Phase 2 Evaluation. Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). Digital. Site 4. |
Related Monument/Building records - none
Related Investigations - none