MHG61917 - Field dykes and cultivation remains - Achunabust, Caithness

Summary

Field dykes and cultivation remains at Achunabust, Caithness.

Type and Period (3)

  • RIG AND FURROW (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • DYKE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • ENCLOSURE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Field dykes and cultivation remains at Achunabust, Caithness.

The dyes were noted by C Dagg during a walkover survey in 2001 in advance of a proposed woodland grant scheme. These turf and stone dykes are marked on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map. The main dyke begins above Achnabust Farm and originally ran as far as the Dounreay Burn but is now obscured by recent housing development. <1>

Cultivation area identified in LiDAR data gathered by AOC Archaeology in 2011 as part of the mitigation for the visual impact on the archaeological landscape associated with the proposed Baillie Hill windfarm, Caithness. <1>

The dykes are more extensive than identified in <1> and are shown on the OS 1st Edition 25" map. They are clearly the remains of a pre-improvement farmstead or township which once continued south across the modern road, presumably part of the original layout of Achunabust. Everything south of the road appears to have been ploughed away [IS-L 16/07/2020].

Sources/Archives (2)

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NC 9930 6484 (716m by 337m)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (2)

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