MHG55919 - Burnt mound - Carn Ban


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Type and Period (1)

  • BURNT MOUND (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC to 560 AD)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

On the W-facing hillside to the SW of the summit of Carn Ban there are a hut-circle, a burnt mound and fragments of a field-system.
The hut-circle (USN93 255) is situated in improved pasture on a terrace above the E bank of the River Nairn at NH 6267 2504. It measures 9.2m in diameter within a faced stony bank spread to 2.5m in thickness and stand to 0.3m in height. It is set into gently-sloping ground on the SE, and terraced slightly on the NW. It has been ploughed-over, and there are gaps in the wall on the SE and NW, but the wall may thicken slightly on either side of the latter gap, suggesting that the entrance may have been here.
In rough grassland on the hillside above the hut-circle, and about 190m to the E of it at NH 6285 2503, there is a burnt mound measuring 9m by 8m and standing 0.5m high. The mound is U-shaped, with an opening on the NW side. A spring rises 10m to the N of it, and, although the water from this now flows around the back of the mound, it appears to have been re-routed, presumably during agricultural drainage operations (USN93 256).
The field-system, which consists of clearance cairns and stretches of bank, extends along the hillside to the N of the burnt mound, covering some 4ha.
(USN93 255-6)
Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 4 March 1993.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6284 2503 (20m by 20m)
Map sheet NH62NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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