MHG51114 - Rig and furrow at Hill of Man, Wick

Summary

Late 18th or 19th century "narrow straight rig" observed during a walkover survey of a proposed development site.

Type and Period (2)

  • RIG AND FURROW (18th Century to 19th Century - 1750 AD? to 1899 AD?)
  • (Alternate Type) RIDGE AND FURROW (18th Century to 19th Century - 1750 AD? to 1899 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Cultivation remains are present on the less overgrown areas of this field, which is the subject of a planning application for housing. These appear to be 'narrow straight rig' (Parry Type 2). The distance between furrow bottoms is consistently 4.5m. This type of rig and furrow is typical of the later 18th and the 19th centuries, and suggests that the field was either sown out or allowed to tumble down to grass before World War II. <1>

Not noted during further trial trenching at this site. <2>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 37229 49866 (336m by 328m) (Centred)
Map sheet ND34NE
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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