EHG5001 - Excavation - Achnahaird hut circle



Wedigs Project


Aug 2012


The targeted excavation of a prehistoric roundhouse at Achnahaird in Wester Ross was carried out by A Welti and associates in 2012 as part of the Wedigs Community Project. Five small trenches were excavated, one of which (Trench 3) was to test the ground surface under nearby lazy-beds and a further trench (Trench 5) to examine a boundary wall which appeared to form an enclosure around the site. Excavation within the hut circle revealed that there had been two phases of construction, the later of which produced a radio-carbon date of 395±29 BC (early-middle Iron Age). A post hole from the earlier phase was found sealed below the wall of the later structure. Small finds included several pebble hammers, broken pot-boilers and a polisher. Extra information came from micromorphological soil analysis, from pollen analysis, and from a limited multi-element analysis. <1> <2> Indicative centroid adjusted to position as seen on 2009 APs. <3>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1>XY Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Welti, A. & Wildgoose, M.. 2015. Wedigs Project 2012-2014: Final Report: A Study of West Coast Circular Structures through Landscape Survey, Site Survey and Excavation. Unaffiliated. Paper and Digital. [Mapped features: #9513 Indicative centroid, ; #9514 Trenches, ]
  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Robertson, J., Roy, L., Engl, R. and McLaren, D.. 2013-14. A Study of West Coast Circular Structures through Landscape Survey, Site Survey and Excavation: Environmental Analysis (including finds analysis). AOC Archaeology Group. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Welti, A., Wildgoose, M. & Fenton, J.. 2013. Prehistoric Roundhouses of Wester Ross and parts of Skye. Unaffiliated. Paper and Digital.
  • <3> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2009. Getmapping aerial photography 2009.



Location Achnahaird
Grid reference Centred NC 0229 1266 (6m by 8m)
Map sheet NC01SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish LOCHBROOM

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Hut circle - Achnahaird Bay (Achnahaird 1) (Monument)

Record last edited

Jan 15 2018 11:21AM

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