MHG44309 - Hut circle - Braevall Wood


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Type and Period (1)

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

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle near Braevall Wood. Recorded by the OS as Hut circle 'B'. See MHG7239 for 'A'.

('A' - NH 844 457, 'B' - NH 843 456, 'C' - NH 845 457)
Visible on RAF air photographs RAF/106G/Scot/UK 169: 5383-4 and on OS air photographs OS/67/140: 126-7.

Two circular stone-walled huts at NH 8443 4590 ('A') and NH 8447 4578 ('B'), with contemporary cultivation plots averaging c.20.0m by c. 15.0m in their vicinity, defined by stone clearance heaps and occasional field walls.
Hut 'A' measures c. 18.5m in diameter between the centres of an ill-defined wall obscured by peat. A dip in the wall in the E probably marks the entrance. A drain has cut across the SE arc exposing the wall core of rubble in which the OS (A A) found pieces of iron slag. More iron slag is visible in a similar drain near the brink of a N facing slope c. 40.0m NE of the hut.
Hut 'B' measures c.10.5m in diameter between the centres of a denuded wall spread to c. 2.5m all round. The entrance is not evident. A clearance heap lies against the wall in the SW.
About 50.0m to the N of 'B' is a roughly circular area c. 12.0m in diameter, bounded on the N by a stony bank c. 3.0m wide, and elsewhere by a rickle of stones. An elongated clearance heap occurs outside the E arc. It may be a denuded hut, but is more likely fortuitous. Surveyed at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (A A) 2 April 1971.

The pieces of slag found at this site were donated to the NMAS.

In an area of moorland which formerly comprised part of Braevall Wood, there is a hut-circle measuring 11m in diameter over a wall 2.5m in thickness. Lying on top of the wall there is a small cairn. About 100m to the NNW there is a roughly circular enclosure 18m in diameter. Running in a SE direction from the hut-circle there is a stony bank 1m in thickness. Surrounding the hut-circle and enclosure there are a large number of cairns measuring up to 4m in diameter and 0.5m high and extending over an area of about 9.5ha. RCAHMS 1978, visited July 1978.

GIS spatial data amended in 2019 according to the location of the feature on 2009 vertical APs. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 8448 4578 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH84NW
Civil Parish CAWDOR
Geographical Area NAIRN

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