MHG12205 - Field system, The Cashel

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Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRNFIELD (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC50SE 51 580 049.
(A: NC 5801 0491, B: NC 5805 0491) Enclosures (NR)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Two enclosures were discovered during field investigation.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (J M) 30 June 1963.

These are stone-walled hut-circles (A and B) and an associated minor field system situated on undulating ground within reclaimed pasture. Both huts are poorly preserved.
'A' is 6.5m NW-SE by 5m transversely within a denuded, turf-covered wall of uncertain width. There is vague entrance in SE.
'B'is 10m N-S by 8m E-W within a reduced wall spread to 2m wide. The entrance has been from south.
In the vicinity of the huts are about a dozen stone clearance heaps but no measurable cultivation plots are discernible.
Revised at 1/2500 and 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J M) 10 August 1976.

This site was visited as part of a walkover survey in April 2009. Site 5 in the survey report covers records MHG12205, MHG33746 and MHG33747. The hut circles are prominent grass-covered structures occupying level ground to the west of the road junction. These are marked on the 1st edition OS map, with the field system shown as being to the SE, but there are also field clearance piles and possible field boundary rickles to the north, adjacent to the embankment of the road. Some of these may be contemporary with what appears to be a truncated early modern enclosure north of the road but it is most likely that this ground was under cultivation during both time periods. <1>


RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Second report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Sutherland, 142, No. 407 (Text/Report). SHG2657.


<1> Dagg, C, 2009, Achany Windfarm, Lairg, Sutherland, Underground Grid Connection: Archaeological Evaluation, Site 5 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25267.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NC 5800 0490 (300m by 300m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC50SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish LAIRG

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