MHG1896 - Possible Burnt Mound, Thorny Hillock


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  • BURNT MOUND (Undated)

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Full Description

Thorny Hillock (Mound) (NR)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Thorny Hillock (NAT) Kiln (NR) (Site of) OS 6" map, (1959)

This is a grassy mound 43ft diameter and about 4ft high. It was found to be a kiln when excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry.
RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

A mound, as described above. It has a slight depression in the centre, and in SW segment quantities of burnt stones are visible.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 6 September 1965.

(ND 2960 6242) Thorny Hillock (NAT) OS 6" map, (1970)

Despite its classification from excavation as a kiln, Thorny Hillock (name verified) would appear to be a typical burnt mound, situated at edge of boggy ground. The mound, generally as described, is roughly U-shaped with the open end facing the wet area, though this effect is enhanced by the old excavation trench. Burnt stones are exposed here and there in the mound.
Visited by OS (N K B) 18 May 1982.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2959 6243 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND26SE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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