MHG1214 - Burnt Mound, Torran Dubh
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Type and Period (1)
- BURNT MOUND (Undated)
- None recorded
Torran Dubh (Brough) (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed. (1907)
Torran Dubh is a probable cairn, 93ft by 47ft, aligned NW-SE and about 5ft high.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910. <1>
It is unlikely that this mound, now irregularly shaped and measuring 32m by 17m and 2m max height, is a cairn. Recent ploughing has revealed large quantities of black earth and a few small burnt stones similar to the material found in the burnt mounds of Orkney. There is a stream close by which is again significant. There is no local knowledge of any finds having been made here.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 22 October 1964.
Torran Dubh (NAT) Burnt Mound (NR) OS 6"map, (1969)
Torran Dubh is a burnt mound of unusually large proportions as described by previous OS field investigator. It is now under pasture, but soil erosion has revealed a content of burnt stone and black earth. Visited by OS (N K B) 24 August 1981.
A pear-shaped, grass-covered mound, 15m NW-SE by 13m by 2m high, composed mainly of earth. It is being eroded by cattle and there is evidence of burning.
R J Mercer 1981. <2>
Excavations associated with a power line re-routing, in close proximity to this burnt mound, were subject to a watching brief. No archaeological features were noted. The morphology of the burnt mound suggests that the location of cooking tank / area and hence the focus activity lay on the NE flank of the mound and that the original spring would have been similarly located. <3>
<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, 124, No. 447 (Text/Report). SHG2664.
<2> Mercer, R J, 1981, Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: volume II, 1980-81, 143, No. 372 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2511.
<3> Humphreys, P, 05/2008, Report on Watching Brief: Power line re-routing - East Brims,Caithness (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24954.
- <1> Text/Report: 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. . 124, No. 447.
- <2> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Mercer, R J. 1981. Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: volume II, 1980-81. University of Edinburgh. 30/12/1981. Paper and Digital. 143, No. 372.
- <3> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Humphreys, P. 05/2008. Report on Watching Brief: Power line re-routing - East Brims,Caithness. Highland Archaeology Services Ltd. Digital.
|Grid reference||Centred ND 0547 6989 (26m by 25m) (Buffered by site type)|
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- https://canmore.org.uk/site/7826 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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