MHG56409 - Prehistoric hut circle - Balblair Wood


A prehistoric hut circle in Balblair Wood investigated in 2012 by Northlight Heritage.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This possible hut circle, identified by GUARD in 2005 during a walkover survey and DBA exercise in advance of the proposed Beauly-Denny OHL Replacement line, consisted of turf, moss and bracken covered banks generally 2 m wide and 0.5 m in height. The feature had a diameter of approximately 12 m. During survey the feature was covered in heavy bracken and no entrance was visible. <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 (T16) bisected the northen bank of the feature. This demonstrated that the bank defining the feature was approximately 1.7m wide and 0.3m high and comprised cobbles within a silty sand matrix. No artefacts or other archaeological deposits were found. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5035 4461 (12m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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