MHG2415 - Hut circle, Forse House


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

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A hut circle, 10 ft interior diameter, with entrance to SE, is incorporated in the line of an ancient wall of very large stones, and lies 100 yds SSE of the dun at Forse (ND23NW 1). RCAHMS 1911.

At ND 2048 3513, on near-level ground, there is a setting of large stones in a turf bank, in the form of an arc 10m long, which is probably remains of a hut circle, E side of which has been overlaid and destroyed by a later field wall. Numerous amorphous stone settings and ground disturbances occur in the vicinity, and may possibly indicate an extension of Iron Age galleried dwelling complex (ND23NW 1).
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 12 May 1967.

If this is remains of a hut circle, and the signs are not convincing, the interior would have been about 10m a cross and in this respect it would not equate with the 10ft of the RCAHMS report. The 'stone settings and ground disturbances' reported by previous OS field investigators do not exhibit any characteristics of structures. They more likely indicate land-use at some time.
Visited by OS (J M) 22 March 1983.

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, 65, No. 240 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2048 3513 (100m by 100m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND23NW
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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