MHG3419 - Fairy Hillock


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  • MOUND (Undated)

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  • None recorded

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NH54SE 3 557 431.

A very curious example of vitrified work is seen at Moniack (NH 55 43). It measures 8 or 9 feet from east to west and 10 feet from north to south, and about 3 feet thick. It is on the top of a long curving ridge about 530 ft. long and 15 feet high above the surrounding fields. Excavations all round this mass found it surrounded with small pieces of stone. At the north end there are two mounds one measuring 9 feet and the other 12 feet high, with a hollow of 25 feet between them. Between these mounds and the ridge there is a hollow measuring from 12 feet to 33 feet. At the south end of the ridge, and separated from it by a hollow about 40 feet wide, there is a conical mound called the 'Fairy Hillock' (See NH 54SE 3). Whatever was the object of this piece of vitrification it was certainly not fortification. The mound has every appearance of being artificial, as was evident from the excavations made.
T Wallace 1886

This appears to be a natural feature centred at NH 557 431. No trace of vitrification could be found.
Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964.

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Grid reference Centred NH 5570 4310 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH54SE
Civil Parish KIRKHILL
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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