MHG1283 - Shieling Hut, Bad Na Caorach


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  • SHIELING HUT (Undated)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A scattered group of 13 shielings accompanied by mounds, banks, buildings, a stone setting and a platform. The shielings range from 5-25m in length, from 3-18m in breadth and from 0.2 to 1.5m in height.
The mounds (A), of which at least two of the six are of peat, range from 2-21m in diameter and from 0.2 to 1m in height.
The banks (B) range from 35-200m in length, from 1.5 to 12m in breadth and from 0.2 to 0.7m in height. One has stone exposed, while another is of earthen construction with a shieling-type structure 4m square, attached to one end.
The two buildings (C) measure 9 to 4m and 8 by 12m, former being subdivided.
The stone setting (D) lies among heather, measures 4m in diameter and 0.3m in height, and consists of two stones flanking a larger one, with a fourth about 3m away.
The platform (E) is rectangular and heather-covered, and measures 8 by 3m.
At ND 1099 4970 is a subrectangular feature (F), comprising a horseshoe-shaped area of moss and heather.
Only intangible remains of the site survive after forestry ploughing and planting.
R J Mercer 1980. <1>

A mound associated with this site was noted by RoCAS in a 2012 DBA and walkover survey on behalf of the Forestry Commission Scotland. It was noted to be grass-covered and amorphous and located under rushes on the edge of a ride 60m north of the track and adjacent to a stream to the west. It measured 6.5m north to south by 5m and stood up to 0.8m high. It was truncated by a ditch to the east, which had thrown up a low bank. <2>

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Grid reference Centred ND 1114 4977 (651m by 347m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND14NW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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