MHG19447 - Hut Circle - Cnoc nan Each (1)


A hut Circle at Cnoc nan Each.

Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut Circle at Cnoc nan Each.

Hut circle c 12.5m diameter. Lies within a detached enclosure [centred NC 1057 2068] (formerly a shieling) which belonged to the cleared settlement of Cnocnaneach [NC12SW 9]. <1>

210561 920697 Cnoc nan Each 1 GS070: The hut circle was visited by G Sleight and others in 2013 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This substantial circular stone structure is in good condition. It sits within an enclosure on a moderate NE facing slope 80m from a stream in terrain which is hilly and rocky. Views from the site are panoramic inland. Surrounding vegetation is a mixture of bracken and heather. Inside the HC vegetation is mainly grass with some bracken. The current marshy area at a distance of 200m may have been a freshwater loch in the past. There are field boundaries and clearance cairns in the vicinity. The structure has a steep outer wall and a gently sloping interior bank. There is a quantity of rubble inside and below the western wall which has substantial wall height. The platform is dug into and built out from the slope. The average inner diameter is 9.9m, outer diameter is 13.0m. The double skinned wall is 1.5m thick with maximum height, in the west, of 1.5m. A probable entrance faces SE. A nearby 18th/19th century barn has used a large quantity of stone, probably robbed from GS070, indicating that walls of the HC might have originally been considerably higher all round. GS070 is at a distance of 600m from MH001 (see MHG60890). <2> <3>

[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].

GIS spatial data amended in 2019 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NC 1055 2071 (17m by 17m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC12SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

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