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?)
- None recorded
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>
- <1> SHG25589 Dataset/Database File: GUARD. 2010. Beauly to Denny 400kV Powerline: Cultural Heritage Survey Sites Highland. GUARD. MDB. ES No 008, GUARD Field Survey No 290.
- <2> SHG25750 Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Sneddon, D.. 2005. Proposed Beauly to Denny 400kV Overhead Transmission Line: Environmental Statement (Cultural Heritage). Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). 6/10/2005. Digital.
- <3> SHG25853 Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Becket, A.. 2012. Western Isles Converter Station: Archaeological Evaluation: Balblair Woods, Beauly, Highland. Northlight Heritage. Digital. FTR008.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5035 4461 (12m by 10m)|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Investigations/Events (2)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/346718/balblair-wood (Link to online HES Canmore record)
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