MHG25191 - Housle Cairn, Halkirk


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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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  • None recorded

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User: Admin, Date: Fri 10 Mar 2000
ND15NW 1.00 1190 5960.
ND15NW 1.01 ND 119 596 Glass Bead.

(ND 1190 5960) Housle Cairn (NR)
Stone Cists containing Human Remains, Bronze Rings, Iron Spearheads and Pottery found (NAT)
OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

(ND 1190 5960) Housel Cairn (NR) OS 6" map, (1960)

Housel Cairn: supposed broch. A mound, sharply scarped all round, on the top of which are fragmentary ruins which, though appearing to be those of a broch, are so pillaged that definite measurements are unobtainable (RCAHMS 1911).
Uncertain broch (Graham 1949)
'Housle Cairn' (info from estate map). A mound about 250 links (ie. approx 50m) in diameter and 10ft high wherein, c1850, several stone cists containing human remains were discovered, also bronze rings, iron spearheads in which were remains of wood, a crude earthenware dish of blue clay, and animal bones with deer horns. On top of cairn is a modern one 5.5ft high (ONB 1872).
RCAHMS 1911; A Graham 1949; Name Book 1872

'Housle Cairn' is 46.0m in overall diameter and 3.5m high and has been severely mutilated and dug into in the NE where traces of walling are now clearly visible. This walling, and the remains of a mound 24m diameter on top of the 'cairn' leave no doubt that these are the remains of a broch. There is now no trace of the modern cairn.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (R D) 24 March 1965

(ND 1190 5960) Housle Cairn (NAT) Broch (NR)
OS 6" map, (1970)

The remains of this much disturbed broch mound are as described
Visited by OS (J B) 22 December 1981

'Broch', 'Housle Cairn'. Diameter: 50m. Circular grassy mound 4m high heavily quarried, flat-topped, with two visible terraces on the SW side. Orientation SW-NE.
Rectangular remains (ND 1190 5958). Dimensions: 3.5 x 2m. Rectangular depression with some evidence of a stone setting at NE end. Orientation NE-SW. [Grid ref for rectangular remains does not coincide with location of cist depicted on 'broch' mound that is shown on first edition of OS 6-inch map (Caithness 1876, sheet xvii). It places remains on S side of mound.
Information from RCAHMS (FO) 14 February 1996]
R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995

Name Book (County), Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey, Book No. 32, 196 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG3364.

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, 18, No. 46 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Graham, A, 1949, 'Some observations on the brochs', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 81 1946-7, p.48-99, 95 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1531.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1190 5959 (70m by 70m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND15NW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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