MHG58802 - Hut circle - Isle Ewe


A hut circle on Isle Ewe.

Type and Period (2)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle on Isle Ewe.

Roundhouse with a diameter of 11m and a SE facing entrance. It is situated at the foot of a rocky outcrop with remains of a ditch between roundhouse and rock. The site was recorded in 2014 by D Malone, A MacInnes & J Buchanan as part of an archaeological survey of Isle Ewe. <1>

184143 889119 JAN025 Isle Ewe 3: The hut circle was visited by A MacInnes in 2010 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure is in fair condition. It is further north on Isle Ewe then JAN023 (see MHG7740) and JAN024 (see MHG58809). The terrain is similar, a mixture of heather and grass in the surrounding landscape and more heather than grass inside the HC. The bank and a few stones are visible and the structure is engulfed by heather. The platform is dug into and built out from the surface of a knoll, above a boggy area at the base of a steep slope and rockface to the west (see sketch). On the east side the ground slopes down and away from the HC. There is a ditch on the west side between the HC wall and the rock face. This may be natural or man-made for water run off. The ditch is 0.3m wide and 0.2m deep. It runs beside about a third of the circular wall. No field walls or shielings are visible in the vicinity. Views from the site are panoramic to land and sea. The HC is 200m from a stream and 300m east of the sea loch, Loch Ewe.The average inner diameter is 6.85m, outer diameter is 10.9m. The double skinned wall is 2.1m thick with maximum height 0.5m. A possible entrance faces SE with width both externally and internally 1.0m. Passage length is 2.0m. JAN025 is about 1200m from JAN023. <2> <3>

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GIS spatial data created in 2019 based on 2014 vertical APs <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8414 8913 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG88NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish GAIRLOCH

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