MHG39508 - Field System - West Shebster


Remains of a prehistoric field system at West Shebster.

Type and Period (2)

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a prehistoric field system at West Shebster.

On N-facing hillslope are two turf and heather-covered hut circles (A and B) and an associated field system.
'A', at ND 0084 6322, measures about 10m in diameter within a wall spread to 2m and 0.5m high. The simple entrance is in the E. The interior is uneven.
'B', at ND 0084 6321, measures 4.5m in diameter with a wall spread from 1-2m and 0.4m high. There is a deposit of stones probably a clearance heap, against the W wall of the hut. The entrance is in the E. Surrounding the huts over approximately 2 ha is a field system of clearance heaps, generally 15 to 25m apart, and traces of curvilinear walling. No certain plots are evident.
Surveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (J B) 7 October 1981.

Ten of the clearance cairns were identified in LiDAR data gathered by AOC Archaeology in 2011 as part of the mitigation for the visual impact on the archaeological landscape associated with the proposed Baillie Hill windfarm, Caithness. <1>

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Grid reference Centred ND 0086 6324 (141m by 260m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06SW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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