MHG57192 - Hut circle - Leathad Mor C


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  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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NG88NE 2 876 863. In area centred at NG 876 863, 350ft OD, on open moorland gently sloping to W, are grass and heather-covered remains of 3 hut circles of dry-stone construction, with inner and outer walling with rubble infilling. The most northerly ('A') and easterly ('C' - this record) hut circles are similarly constructed, being 7m and 6.7m internal diameter, with walls approximately 1.5m and 2.1m. thick respectively and 0.5m high. The former has its entrance in W, latter in SE. The most southerly hut-circle ('B') at NG 8765 8627, measuring 13.6m internal diameter, with walls 2.1m thick and 0.5m high, is apparently overlaid by a later, smaller circle, 8.5m internal diameter, with walls 2m thick and 0.7m average height. The entrance, common to both structures, is in SE. Hut circle ('B') is more substantial than either ('A') or ('C') and contains more tumble and thicker walls. Several vague heather-covered dry-stone field walls associated with these hut circles are in evidence in the area. These are only 0.4m high and consist mainly of large single stones.
Visited by OS (NKB) 12 3 1965; (visible on RAF AP CPE/Scot/321:3242).

The hut circle (C) was visited by A Welti and A MacInnes in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This HC is part of a group of 4. It is situated just beyond the upper modern fence of a large field to E of the main road. The platform is built up from the slope and has slumped downhill; the banking is clearly visible. The N entrance terminal could be extended. The dividing fence has caused vegetation around the HC to be different from that surrounding the others in the group. There is a ditch is on the upper E side of the HC. A field boundary made up of large boulders runs N/S skirting the E (upslope) side of the HC and 15 m from it. (see sketch and photos). This boundary joins up with the field boundary running E/W downslope between AMC101 (see MHG7741) and AMC102 (see MHG). Average internal diameter 6.9m, external diameter 10.5m. The double skinned wall is 2m thick with max height 0.5m. The entrance orientation is SE. Its internal width is 1m, external width 1.1m, entrance length is 2.6m, indicating extended terminals. The structure may be associated with AMC101 at 100m, AMC102, 103 (see MHG57191) at around 50m distance. Recorded grid reference 187721 886312. <1> <2> [Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details]

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Grid reference Centred NG 8772 8631 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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