MHG57758 - Hut circle - The Black Mare's Rock 'B'


A Hut circle at the Black Mare's Rock.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at The Black Mare's Rock, originally surveyed by the OS as Hut circle 'B'.

Centred at NG 882 384 on a rugged SE-facing hillside is a settlement of six circular stone-walled houses ('A'- 'F').
'A' measures 12.5m diameter between centres of a wall spread to 2.5m. The ill-defined entrance is in ESE.
'B' is 7m diameter between centres of a wall spread to 2m, with an ill-defined entrance in ESE. A later ruinous construction (c2m diameter) has been built inside house in NE arc against inner face.
'C' is 7.5m diameter between centres of a wall spread to 2.5m. The entrance in E is 1.3m wide.
'D' is 7.5m diameter within a wall 1.3m thick. The inner face of contiguous stones on edge is well preserved in N and W arcs. The ill-defined entrance is in E.
'E', the best preserved, is 6m diameter within a wall 1.4m thick, with entrance in ESE.
'F', in poor state of preservation, 6.5m diameter between wall centres.
In vicinity of houses are a few stone clearance heaps and ruinous walls probably from contemporary cultivation.
Surveyed at 1/2500, 1/10,000. Visited by OS (A A) 31 May 1974.

188079 838556 Black Mares Rock 6 EB002: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and P Swan in 2009 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. The circular HC sits on a platform dug into and built up from a gentle slope with SE aspect and with panoramic views over land and to Loch Carron. It is 10 m from a good running burn. Average internal diameter is 4.9m, external diam is 8m. The double skinned wall is 2m thick and max height is 0.6m. A probable entrance faces SE. The structure is submerged by bracken. The inner wall edge is poorly defined, as is back outer edge. There is a circular 'apron' in front of the entrance, approx 8m x 5m. This may be the remains of a platform of an earlier hut circle. The land around has been improved with swathes of bracken amongst the heather.There is a later sub-rectangular structure (?shieling) inside HC and a small cell (lambing pen?) nearby, dimensions 2.5 X 1.6. There are 7 identified HC's in the group; associated HCs are PS005 (50m distant - see MHG7646), PS006 (300m - see MHG57762), EB003 (200m - see MHG57759), EB004 (200m - see MHG57760), AW001 (150m - see MHG57761), JM001 (400m - see MHG14042). <1> <2>

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GIS spatial data amended in 2018 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8807 3856 (18m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG83NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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