MHG37953 - Shieling huts - ARISAIG


Five sub-rectangular footings of buildings were identified during a programme of works associated with the A830 road upgrade.

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  • SHIELING HUT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

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User: Admin, Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
NM69SE 20 6681 9016

NM 6639 8656 (Arisaig) to NM 6790 9194 (Kinsadel) Following field survey and test pitting (DES 2000, 47), evaluation work was undertaken on seven sites.
NM 6681 9016 Site 3 (turf-built structures). Trial excavation of one structure confirmed a turf and stone wall construction. No other structural details were obtained and no artefacts were found. These structures are believed to be shieling huts of 18th-century or earlier date.
Sponsor: Historic Scotland
S Halliday 2001

During a DBA and walkover survey in advance of a proprosed road corridor (CFA, 2000) four structures, sites 3a-3d, were identified. In subsequent work by Headland Archaeology in 2002, these structures, in addition to one other (site 3e), were identified as shielings. They comprised small sub-rectangular footing of buildings, measuring 3m x 4m, defined by low turf and stone banks, upto 0.4m wide. Evaluation trenches were cut through one of these these structure (sites 3a) which exposed the footings of turf and stone walls. No traces of any occupation deposits were seen above the natural subsoil nor were any artefacts retrieved. The size and shape of the structures indicated that they represented remains of shieling huts and the absence of artefacts suggested an 18th-century or earlier date. <2> <1>

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Grid reference Centred NM 6681 9013 (32m by 89m) (6 map features)
Map sheet NM69SE
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