MHG14517 - Poll an Easaich


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Type and Period (2)

  • PROMONTORY FORT (Early Iron Age to Early Medieval - 550 BC? to 1057 AD?)
  • (Alternate Type) ENCLOSURE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible rectilinear enclosure is visible on aerial photography captured 2009. <1>

A handwritten note on an old Highland HER record sheet notes a promontory enclosure on the SW side of the bay to the SW of Forse Castle. The promontory in question is relatively low lying, with an axial spine from which the ground on the SW falls steeply into an irregular geo eroded back into the coast on the SE, while on the NE it drops more gently to a cliff-edge facing into the bay. The note, evidently based on a site visit, simply reads 'Overgrown walling with large stones to N of promontory', and presumably refers to a grass-grown bank dropping down from the crest of the promontory to the cliff-edge on the NE, which is clearly visible on satellite imagery, though this gives the impression that the bank is perhaps only one side of a rectilinear enclosure occupying the tip of the promontory. The interior, which is featureless, measures about 35m from NE to SW by 22m transversely (0.08ha) and the position of any entrance is not known. The appearance of the features visible on the imagery give the impression that this may be a post-medieval enclosure rather than a fortification, but its true character can only be established by fieldwork. <2>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2215 3350 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND23SW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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