MHG10176 - Midden, Strath of Kildonan


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Type and Period (1)

  • MIDDEN (Undated)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

ND01NW 36 c. 02 15.

At the bottom of the valley of the Helmsdale River, on the top of a bluff 150' above the sea, there occurs a good example of the ancient Kitchen Midden; in which periwinkle and limpet shells are very numerous along with bones of birds, beasts and fishes all mingled with scorched stones and charred wood and buried in black mould to the depth of 18". No implements of any sort were found here except some ovoid flattish, water-worn bits of porphyry and gneiss, which looked handy for hammers, and were probably used for smashing many of the larger bones.
J M Joass 1865.

Close by Helmsdale are the remains of a Pictish village.
D Beaton 1909.

No trace of this midden or 'village' was found during field investigation.
Visited by OS (W D J) 24 March 1960.

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Grid reference Centred ND 0199 1500 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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