MHG61062 - Hut circle - Balgown ('B')
A Hut circle at Balgown.
Type and Period (1)
- HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
- None recorded
A Hut circle at Balgown, recorded originally by the OS as Hut circle B.
Centred at NG 389 689 is a settlement of four circular stone-walled huts (A to D).
Apart from 'A' the hut measurements are given between wall centres.
Hut 'A' has the inner wall face visible intermittently indicating an internal diameter of 6.5m. The outer wall face is evident in the N and S giving a wall thickness of 1.9m. The entrance is not evident.
'B' measures c.6.0m in diameter with the wall spread to c.2.0m all round. Several inner wall facing stones are visible and a single outer facing stone in the SW give a wall thickness here of 1.0m. The entrance in the W is ill-defined.
'C' is denuded measuring c.9.0m in diameter with the wall spread to an indeterminate width. The S side is clipped by a probably contemporary field bank. The entrance is not apparent.
'D' scarcely discernible, measures c.7.0m in diameter with the wall spread to an indeterminate width. The entrance is not evident.
Around the huts are a few denuded stone clearance heaps and low banks, probably from contemporary cultivation plots, which are overlaid by later cultivation including lazy beds.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (R L) 9 September 1971.
The hut circle was photographed by the Highland Council. <1>
138946 868936 Balgowan 2 JAN060: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, B Blackburn and M Wildgoose in 2018 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. This circular stone structure was recorded by OS in 1971 as part of a group of 4 HCs. In 2018 only three could be identified. The cluster sits in a field above the main road, overlooking a flat marshy area with the sea in the distance. Views are panoramic, both inland and to the sea. The marshy area was once a loch, now drained. The surrounding terrain is grass covered and grazed. The HC is sited on a gentle west facing slope and is adjacent to a low banked enclosure and there are other remnants of field boundaries in the vicinity. JAN060 has average inner diameter 5.65m, outer diameter 7.5m. Double skinned wall thickness is 0.8m with maximum height 0.4m. The probable entrance is orientated to the NW and has an extended terminal length 1.3m on its west side. The east side of the entrance has been robbed. The vegetation inside the HC consists of mainly grass with some rushes. Inner facing stones are visible in the W and SW sectors and also along the western extended terminal. A few outer facing stones show in the eastern sectors. JAN060 is 6m from BB700 (see MHG5782) and 60m from JAN061 (see MHG61063) <2> <3>
[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].
GIS spatial data created in 2019 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>
- --- Image/Photograph(s): Hut Circle, Kilmuir School. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- <1> Image/Photograph(s): Hut Circle,Kilmuir School. Colour Slide; Digital Image. .
- <2> Text/Manuscript: Welti, A.. 2012. Roundhouses of Wester Ross and parts of Skye. University of Aberdeen. Yes. Digital. BB700.
- <3> Dataset/Database File: Welti, A.. 2009-2016. Roundhouses of Wester Ross and parts of Skye: project database. Lochbroom Field Club. Yes. Digital. BB700.
- <4> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2009. Getmapping aerial photography 2009.
|Grid reference||Centred NG 3894 6894 (9m by 9m)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
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External Links (2)
- http://www.wedigs.co.uk (View the WeDigs in Wester Ross Project website)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/11186 (View HES Canmore entry for this site)
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