MHG21643 - Cruck Framed Cottage - Aultvaich,


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  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD) + Sci.Date

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A cruck from Aultvaich Cottage, held at the Highland Folk Museum, was one of twenty sites to have been part of the SCOT2K Native Pine Dendrochronology Project. One of the aims of this project included dating and provenancing of native Scottish pine timbers in buildings and archaeological sites and dates were found to range from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, from high-status castles to modest cruck cottages. They were mostly located in the Highlands where Scots pine occurs naturally and so these areas were more likely to have had native pine used in buildings, although an early example of long-distance transport is also identified. More widely in Scotland, many historic buildings are dominated by imported timber from the 15th century onwards, and native timbers may be under recognised, something the project is helping to address. The native pine cruck element from Aultvaich cottage was dendrochronologically dated to the early 19th century, with a felling date of 1800. This is one of a group of small cruck framed buildings whose dates cluster around the late 18th or 19th century. These composite cruck buildings all represent rural buildings of the post-improvement new order. <1> Summary of project. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5179 4869 (20m by 20m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH54NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish URRAY

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