MHG62034 - Hut circle - NW of Hill of Shebster, Caithness

Summary

A ploughed-down hut circle to the northwest of Hill of Shebster, Caithness.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A ploughed-down hut circle to the northwest of Hill of Shebster, Caithness.

The hut circle is 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. <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 field school (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 43: Landowner reports that a visible ring bank existed here in the last 30 years. However, all that remains following modern agricultural activity is ephemeral bank measuring roughly 16m x 14m with a surrounding spread of stones measuring up to 1.1m in diameter. <2>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0016 6502 (18m by 18m)
Map sheet ND06NW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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