MHG10934 - Fiscary


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  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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Tumuli (NR). OS 6"map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1908)

These "tumuli" are field clearance heaps forming part of a field system associated with a settlement of six stone-walled hut circles (A-F) centred at NC 731 623. All the huts are turf or heather-covered, and, except for "E", are circular varying from 7m to 9.5m in diameter within walls spread to 2m broad; their entrances where identifiable are in the south or east arcs, that of "C" being clubbed 4m long and 1m wide. "E" is a complex structure comprising an oval area 7.5m NW-SE by 5m transversely with a circular compartment 3m internal diameter to the SE, all within a common wall spread to about 2m, heavily obscured by peat and heather. A gap in the NW may be an entrance. The mode of construction and state of preservation are similar to the nearby hut circles, and this feature may be a bipartite homestead broadly contemporary with the huts.
The field system comprises walls and lynchets as well as clearance heaps defining plots varying in size from 45m by 20m to 15m by 10m. At NC 727 620 on the opposite side of a valley is a scattered group of clearance heaps which are probably contemporary. According to Horsburgh (1870), some of the heaps were opened for the Duke of Sutherland but nothing was found in them.
Surveyed at 1:2500 and 1:10,000.
J Horsburgh 1870; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (J L D) 13 June 1960, (R L) 12 July 1971 and (N K B) 8 August 1977.

At least forty hut circles, field walls and clearance cairns, covered in grass and heather.
'G'. (NC 7289 6252). A hut-circle, 11m. In diameter, 7m. In internal diameter and 0.3m. High. It is heather and moss-covered and has a central stone feature and a possible entrance in the SW.
'H' (NC 7307 6229), A hut-circle consisting of a grass-covered bank with very few stones, 10.5m. In diameter and 2m. Wide with no apparent entrance.
'J' (NC 7301 6232). Two contiguous hut-circles, the more northerly measuring 6m by 9m E-W, with an entrance in the south and very few stones in the grass-covered bank. The other measures 7.5m N-S by 5m across and has few stones in the grass-covered bank.
'K' (NC 7281 6233) A hut-circle consisting of a stone and earth bank covered with heather and measuring 9m N-S by 7m across and 0.5m. High. It has no apparent entrance.
'L' (NC 7296 6233). Remains of rectilinear structures now visible as low earthen banks and stones.
R J Mercer 1981.

Of the 'hut circles' noted by Mercer only 'H' can be verified as a hut circle. It is set into a south-facing slope, and measures 7.0m in diameter within a heather-covered wall spread to 2.0m broad, and surviving to a height of 0.8m at the back-scarp. The entrance was in the south arc, but this part is mutilated by the construction of an early modern wall. The other 'hut circles', including G, K and K, are mostly disturbed clearance heaps contemporary with the settlement (See J Horsburgh 1870) or amorphous rickles of stone too vague to allow classification. (Mercer's site plan is inaccurate and it is impossible to relate some of the features shown with what is on the ground). Hut 'H' surveyed at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (N K B) 11 August 1981.

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Grid reference Centred NC 7304 6235 (852m by 314m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC76SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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