MHG57752 - Hut circle - Aultanfearn ('K')


One of ten hut circles at Aultanfearn.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Hut circle 'K' - one of ten hut circles at Aultanfearn, not necessarily all contemporary. This was not originally identified by the OS in 1970-71. NOTE: previously all ten were included under a single record - see also individual records.

NH57NE 2 592 757.
Centred at NH592 757 on a generally SW-facing slope is a settlement of 7 stone-walled huts ('A' - 'G') and a contemporary field system. All the huts are oval, and apart from 'F' and 'G' are oriented N- S with an entrance in S either ill-defined or mutilated.
Huts surveyed at 1/10 560.
Visited by OS (RL) 11 November 1970 and (ISS) 22 March 1973.

No change to previous field report. Surveyed at 1:10 000.
Visited by OS (JB) 18 November 1976

NH57NE 2.00 NH 592 757
NH57NE 2.01 NH 593 757 Hut-Circles
NH57NE 2.02 NH 593 757 Field-system; Small cairns

10 hut-circles of this unenclosed settlement are scattered over a distance of 400m along 275m contour. 4 of the hut-circles (B, C, E, and K) are platformed or terraced into the slope. Huts A-G were as recorded by the OS and a further three hut-circles and an extensive area of small cairns have now been identified.
Hut-circle 'K' (NH 5934 7573) is located between huts 'B' and 'C', 13m NW of the former, and its interior is terraced into the slope. It measures 8.75m in diameter within a bank spread to 2.5m in thickness and standing up to 0.8m in height. The entrance is located on the SE. Visited by RCAHMS (PJD) 1 December 1989

The hut circles were visited by C Dagg in 2011 during a walkover survey in advance of a proposed new forestry plantation on the north side of Strathrusdale. All ten hut circles were located. To the northwest of E and F no contemporary features were noted. The most prominent hut circle is D at NH 59281 75840, the only one with distinctively different vegetation from its surrounds: grass, moss and rushes, and with visible stones. Most of the hut circles are low, indistinct banks on platforms or slight knolls, heather-covered and with no visible stones. One circle, H, at NH 59452 75648, is cut by a post and wire fence and two are located east of this fence: G, at NH 59441 75599 is large with substantial banks and a sunken centre, and J at 59479 75597, adjacent to an artificially enhanced watercourse of much later date. Nine of the hut circles are between the 260m and 280m contours; only F is slightly higher, just below the 290m contour. The field clearance piles marking the extent of the contemporary field system are for the most part low, spread and flat-topped, often with mossy tops. These, and other features of cultivation noted in the OS survey, extend no further than the structures noted as site 7 (see MHG). <1>

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to approximate position as shown on 2009 vertical APs. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5934 7572 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH57NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ROSSKEEN

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