MHG12010 - Loch Borralie


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

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>

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Grid reference Centred NC 3851 6776 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC36NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish DURNESS

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