MHG1820 - Hut Circle, Cnoc an Eas Bhig


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

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('A': ND 2610 4221 'B': ND 2599 4211 'C': ND 2608 4210 'D': ND 2600 4200) Settlement (NR) OS 1:10,000 map, (1959)

'A': A hut circle 26' in diameter within a low turf bank 8' wide. The entrance has been from the S.
'B', 'C', and 'D': The remains of structures, probably shieling bothies, occupying slight hillocks.
RCAHMS 1911.

Centred at ND 260 421 is a settlement of four circular stone-walled huts: A, B, E, and F.
'A', the best preserved, is situated in a hollow, and measures 11.0m in diameter between the centres of a wall, spread to a width of 4.0m all round. The mutilated entrance is in the E.
'B' occurs in a newly afforested area. It measures about 10.5m in diameter between the centres of its ill-defined wall, which has been ploughed through exposing the rubble content and one or two probable facing stones in the furrows. The ill-defined entrance is in the E.
'E' measures 10.5m between the centres of a heavily peat-covered wall spread to an indeterminate width. The ill-defined entrance is in the ESE.
'F' measures 8.5m between the centres of a heavily peat-covered wall spread to an indeterminate width. The ill-defined entrance is in the E. Huts E and F are crossed by a fence and a Forestry Commission plough line in their W arcs. There is no trace of contemporary cultivation.
'C' is a grassy patch about 15m in diameter with a few stones protruding but these are probably natural and there is no evidence of structures.
'D' is a grassy hillock on which are the heavily turf-covered footings of two or three amorphous structures one of which presents the appearance of an oval hollow surrounded by a stony wall measuring about 7m E-W by 5.5m transversely. It could be a denuded hut but it is too amorphous to classify precisely.
Survey of A, B, E and F at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (I S S) 30 March 1972.

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, 62, No. 228 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2608 4210 (229m by 293m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND24SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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