MHG12010 - Loch Borralie
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Type and Period (1)
- HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- None recorded
NC36NE 29 3850 6780.
(NC 3850 6778) Adjacent to dyke is a well-preserved hut circle, overall 39 ft.
(NC 3854 6772) Badly ruined hut circle, overall 30 ft.
Information from Dr C S Sandeman, Durness, 14 March 1967.
Hut circles. R W K Reid 1968. <1>
The two features are situated in the bottom of a valley. The first, at NC 3850 6780, is undoubtedly a hut circle; the second, at the given location, is a fortuitous arrangement of loose stone and natural scarping. The hut is turf-covered, and measures about 8.5m in diameter within a wall spread to 3.0m and 0.4m in average height. No entrance is visible. The E side is overlaid by a later turf-covered wall. Except for a couple of clearance heaps there is no trace of contemporary cultivation in the vicinity.
Surveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 27 November 1978.
Substantial subcircular structure with internal diameter of 6.7 m. Defined by low turf-covered stone bank, spread to 2 m wide. Bank has inner and outer skin of stone but the gap between is turfed so no visible rubble core. No obvious entrance or internal features. The S quadrant may have some revetment facing the marshy area to S, but partly obscured by grass and bracken. Dyke 110 runs along the E edge of the structure. On the NE side of the dyke is a low turf-covered (with some stone protruding) curving bank which seems associated with 111. This may enclose a small yard measuring 7.7 m N/S x 4.2 m (externally), with banks spread to 1 m wide. Possible entrance to yard at the S side.
The structure is fairly monumental in character, with a number of large boulders used in its construction.
Hut circle with associated feature; marked on O. S. map.
On edge of natural ampitheatre of Hakon's Bowl, with ground rising sharply to 40 m at N, W and E. Overlooks marshy base of bowl to S.
Recommendations: Control bracken, survey. <2><3>
- <1> Text/Publication/Article: Reid, R W K. 1968. 'Prehistoric settlement in Durness', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 99 1966-7, p.21-53. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 21-53. 39, No. 44-5.
- <2> Dataset/Database File: Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). 2003. Site gazetteer: Loch Borralie, Kyle of Durness. Site 111.
- <3> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Lelong, O and MacGregor, G. 2003. Loch Borralie, Kyle of Durness: Project 950. Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). Digital. Site 111.
|Grid reference||Centred NC 3851 6776 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)|
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External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/4789 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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