MHG57985 - Building, Lochournhead


Building, Lochournhead

Type and Period (1)

  • BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

This area was recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn.

A number of revetted platforms with round ended turf footings had been noted at Lochournhead in 2000 and subsequent years, but they had not been surveyed and recorded. One of the highlights of the 2004 survey was the survey of these sites, and the discovery of several more, spread over some distance, set into the foot of the steep ground outwith the 19th century head ditch and dyke enclosing the improved fields which make up the home farm at Lochournhead.

The interpretation is that they represent the remains of the earliest houses at Lochournhead and that they were creel houses i.e. with timber cruck frames supporting the hip ended thatched roofs, with walls of hazel wattle on the inside and turfs built up on the outside. Some of these remains are in defendable positions and could date back to the medieval period. 19th and 20 century farming has obliterated any visible evidence of early cultivation on the best ground but there is one substantial area of lazy beds on steep ground outwith the fields. The 19th century sheep fank and 20th century long stay car park have probably destroyed one or two more old houses.

Site 442. The remains of a building, possibly a dwelling house, c 9.5m x 2.5m internal, set on a slight platform to the N of the Lochourn River below a rock outcrop. The footings are very low and the N footing is feint except for the NW corner and a few visible stones. There is possible entrance in the S footing and the SW corner is up to c 0.5m high. The footings are c 0.4m wide. <1>

In 2006, NOSAS returned to complete a more detailed survey of Kinlochourn and Lochournhead (p.41) which has been used to locate some of the sites. Part of the 2006 survey included a plane table survey and partial excavation of site 442. See p.6/7 and 41/42 of the 2006 survey report for results. <2>

Note; Site not visible on Aps so location approximate. (T Blackie 4/6/18)

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Grid reference Centred NG 9539 0648 (10m by 10m)
Map sheet NG90NE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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