MHG61921 - Sheep fold and possible hut circle - SE of Achunabust, Caithness


A sheep fold possibly overlying a hut circle to the southeast of Achunabust, Caithness.

Type and Period (2)

  • HUT CIRCLE? (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • SHEEP FOLD (19th Century - 1875 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A sheep fold possibly overlying a hut circle to the southeast of Achunabust, Caithness.

A sheep fank 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 feature as it appears now is a somewhat irregular, rather than circular, sheepfold. On the OS 1st Edition 25" map it is shown with a dashed line and labelled 'Old Sheepfold'. On the 2nd edition 25" map it is shown with a solid line and labelled 'Sheepfold'. In the LiDAR data there are slight indications that it may have been constructed on a hut circle, which might explain why it is shown as it is on the OS 1st edition map. There is a definite hut circle 10m to the west (see MHG61922) a possible third hut circle 62m directly to the south (see MHG61923) and all three features sit within an area of probably contemporary cultivation plots also visible in the LiDAR data (see MHG61924) [IS-L 16/07/2020].

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Grid reference Centred NC 9970 6430 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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