MHG38874 - Hut circle or cairn - Kingsburgh 11 (Kingsburgh 13)


A hut circle or cairn at Kingsburgh, Skye.

Type and Period (2)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • (Alternate Type) CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A degraded hut circle or cairn at Kingsburgh, Skye.

A hut circle was recorded by M Wildgoose in 2003 during an additional walkover survey in advance of a proposed forestry Woodland Grant Scheme at Kingsburgh, Skye. Lying on a narrow terrace at the foot of a steep west-facing slope with a small burn to its south side, is a grassy mound which measures circa 13m in overall diameter. The burn has cut through the southern edge of the mound revealing a double-skinned revetment wall, circa 1.5m thick. There is no visible entrance. <1>

141095 855325 Kingsburgh 13 EB222: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and A MacInnes in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. Reported as M Wildgoose Site 11 in Kingsburgh Archaeological Survey 2003. The circular stone structure has become much degraded since recording by M Wildgoose as site 11 in 2003, probably due to lack of grazing within forestry fence. The platform sits on a narrow terrace at the foot of a steep west facing slope. The only stones visible are those on outer face to S where a burn has cut through the S edge of the grassy bracken covered mound which covers the structure and exposed a double skinned revetment. Average inner diameter is 8.6m, outer diameter is 13.65m. Wall thickness is 2.2m, max height 1m. A possible entrance is to SW. <2> <3>

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Note: NGR adjusted to position as seen on 1999-2001 vertical APs [IS-L 08/02/2017].

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Grid reference Centred NG 4109 5533 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG45NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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