MHG61945 - Possible enclosure - NE of Cnoc Freiceadain, Caithness


A possible enclosure to the northeast of Cnoc Freiceadain, Caithness.

Type and Period (1)

  • ENCLOSURE? (Unknown date)

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  • None recorded

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A possible enclosure to the northeast of Cnoc Freiceadain, Caithness.

A possible enclosure visible 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. It was not identified in the initial data analysis. <1>

The site was visited and recorded by topographic survey in 2015 as part of the 'Hidden Bronze Age Landscape of Caithness Project' undertaken by AOC Archaeology Group and members of the Castletown Heritage Society with local volunteers. The project ran as a series of four week long field schools training volunteers in techniques of field survey, systematic soil sampling and targeted excavation. Fieldwork in week one of the fieldschool (22-27/06/2015) focussed on using LiDAR data in the field, use of GPS to create simple maps of archaeological sites and ground-truthing sites through LiDAR. In week two (13-18/07/2015) participants learned how to create accurate plans using manual taped offset and plane table survey and total station and GPS surveys. Site 4: Possible sub-square enclosure measuring approximately 25m by 30m and lies 100m W of site 3. Mostly indistinct but is clearest at the NW corner and the SE side. <2>

There are slight indications in the LiDAR data that the enclosure's west side is actually on the other other side of a small burn or drainage ditch [IS-L 05/08/2020].

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Grid reference Centred ND 0168 6601 (44m by 41m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06NW
Civil Parish THURSO
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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