MHG56405 - Prehistoric cairn - Balblair Wood


A prehistoric cairn in Balblair Wood investigated in 2012 by Northlight Heritage.

Type and Period (1)

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible hut circle or enclosure was identified by GUARD in 2005 during a walkover survey and DBA exercise in advance of the proposed Beauly-Denny OHL Replacement line. It consisted of a turf, moss and tree covered bank of up to 0.5 m in height and 2.5 m in width. The feature was approximately 10 m in diameter. There was no sign of an entrance. <1> See also the relevant extracted chapters from the EIA report. <2>

This feature was evaluated by Northlight Heritage in June 2012 as it lay on the site of a proposed converter station as part of SHETL Western Isles Commection Programme. A single trench (T17) were excavated across the feature, which was found to comprise of cobbles within a silty sand matrix. No artefacts or other archaeological deposits were found and it was interpreted as a broadly circular cairn. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5038 4462 (10m by 11m)
Map sheet NH54SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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