MHG58455 - Building/earthwork, Croulin (east)
Building/earthwork, Croulin (east)
Type and Period (2)
- BUILDING? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- EARTHWORK (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- None recorded
These sites were recorded by NOSAS in 2008/9 as part of an archaeological survey of outer Loch Hourn.
Croulin is a place of two halves, divided by a river, with a broad outwash fan. For convenience, they are referred to as Croulin (east) and Croulin (west); though the owner of Croulin (west) calls his property, Cnoc Gorm, after the hill above, this does not appear to be a historical name. Both Croulins are occupied today by working fishermen.
There are small townships on both sides of the burn some 500m inland, whilst lower down, closer to the shore, there are numerous scattered ruins within the now enclosed fields (figs. 13 and 14). The homes of the 2 current occupants, along with their various outbuildings, sit to either side of the enclosed ground. We estimate that as much as 10 hectares of land was in cultivation at one time. The cultivation remains are still very visible, both on the ground and in aerial photographs. Later the best of the ground was enclosed by a substantial stone wall and shows evidence of having been ploughed by tractor. A sheep fank was constructed on the top side of the enclosed ground (Site 1136; fig. 14; plate 27). It is also possible that - after the lower ground was first enclosed - the poorer ground above the head dyke was cultivated in lazy beds for potatoes, at the time when the population was at his peak.
Site 1162. An earthwork or possible building, comprising a sub-circular bank and ditch aligned NW-SE and located on a NW facing slope, close to the W side of a burn. Internally, it measures 3m x 2m and, externally, 10m x 10m. The banks of the structure are 1m in height externally, but only 0.5m internally, and are spread to 3m. There is a possible entrance in the NW arc and a ditch on the S side is up to 1.5m deep. <1>
NGR adjusted based on 2010 AP’s <2>
- --- Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2010. Getmapping aerial photography 2010. XY
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wombell, J and Hooper, J. 03/2009. A Report on the 2009 Archaeological Survey of Outer Loch Hourn, Inverness-shire. North of Scotland Archaeological Society. Digital. p.94 Site 1162, p.43 Fig 13, p.45 Plate 28.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 7844 0945 (11m by 11m)|
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