MHG11069 - Enclosure - Rimsdale Burn


An enclosure at Rimsdale Burn.

Type and Period (1)

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An enclosure at Rimsdale Burn.

('A': NC 7478 4119) Undescribed circular feature
OS 6" map, (1963)

'A': This is an enclosure with a second 'B' located 50m to the south at NC 7477 4114 on a west facing slope. There are no signs of associated cultivation. Both enclsoures are much reduced and in neither is the entrance evident.
'A' is 15.0m in diameter within a turf wall spread from 2.0-2.5m, and averaging 0.2m in height. The bank is completely overgrown with reeds contrasting with the heather cover of the interior and surrounding ground. A feature of the turf wall is a central groove which runs round the top, 0.4m wide and 0.1m deep on average (see also NC74SW 8; NC74SE 1 and 2 and NC84NE 3 and 4).
In constrast, 'B' appears to be a hut circle measuring 13.5m north-south by 12.5m east-west within a turf covered wall with an average width of 1.9m and 0.5m in height; one or two inner facing stones are evident, and overall the wall has been of robust construction. In the interior, abutting on the east side is a later shieling type bothy, measuring 6.0m north east-south west by 3.0m, with two smaller ones lying adjacent outside on the east.
On the downslope immediately extending west of the hut is narrow-rig cultivation. (See also NC74SW 5)
Surveyed at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (J M) 9 May 1977

On vertical APs dating to 2009, the feature appears to have an additional ring some 4m or so outside the bank. The GIS spatial data was amended in 2019 to take account of this feature. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 7479 4124 (36m by 36m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC74SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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