MHG1141 - Mound, Ballentink


Site of a mound that has been variously interpretted as a homestead, a wag and most recently as unidentifiable.

Type and Period (2)

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • (Alternate Type) HOMESTEAD (Iron Age - 550 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Swanson's description of this mound is (see file ND13SE0011) "another mound that is entirely unidentifiable… there are no longer any upright structures visible"
HAW 10.2002

On an uncultivated rise in a field are three spaced earth-fast slabs, 0.5m high, in alignment along their broad faces. These slabs do not give appearance of having been part of an aisled or galleried dwelling but rather they suggest wall-facing remains of 18th-19th century abandoned building. There is a stony character to the rise, but this may be attributed, in part, to field clearance stone.
Visited by OS (J M) 11 November 1982.

(ND 1521 3104) Homestead (NR) (site of) OS 25" map, (1969)

As described by RCAHMS, probably amorphous remains of a 'wag' or homestead, at ND 1521 3104.
Site surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 11 March 1968.

On a low mound about 120 yds W of ND13SE 11 are the indefinite and scanty remains of some structure which, judging from the upright pillars remaining, has probably been a galleried dwelling. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910. <1>

<1> RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 71, No. 260 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1521 3104 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND13SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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