MHG39688 - Achrasker


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Type and Period (2)

  • BURNT MOUND (Undated)
  • (Alternate Type) CAIRN (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NC96SE 75 centred on 989 635

NC 993 634 (centre) A pre-afforestation survey was carried out on behalf of Historic Scotland by AOC (Scotland) Ltd in November 1995, covering slightly less than 1sq km of land at Achrasker, 3km SE of Reay. Nine sites had already been recorded in the area by the RCAHMS. The survey found that some of the known sites were more extensive than previously recorded, and in addition discovered several new sites, including:
NC 9899 6355 Mound (?burnt mound) (NC 96 SE 75).
Sponsor: Historic Scotland
AOC (Scotland) Ltd 1996

A possible burnt mound (NMRS, MS 738/25, no.6) was recorded, during course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd, to N of the Achvarasdal Burn. It comprises two oval mounds, set side by side, with a sheltered hollow between. The larger mound measures 4.5m by 2m and is 0.9m high; the smaller mound is 3m by 1.5m and is 0.7m high. The shape and siting of this feature possibly are suggestive of a burnt mound.
A Smith and D Rankin, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, November 1995; NMRS MS 738/25

Structure (45): Dimensions: 3m x 2m. Height 1m. Rectilinear grass-covered structure with four course of drystone walling visible.
Orientation: N-S. Elevation: 175ft OD.

Cairns (46). Dimensions: 3m x 2.5m. height 1m. Two subcircular grass-covered mounds of stone. Elevation: 175 ft OD.
R Mercer 1985

Mercer, R. J. & Hill, P.H., 1985, Archaeological field survey in northern Scotland: Volume III: 1982-1983, 162, nos 45, 46 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG2512.

AOC (Scotland) Ltd, 1996, 'Achrasker (Reay parish) , survey', Discovery and Excavation in Scotland 1996, p.73, 73 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG108.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9890 6350 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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