MHG62605 - Hut circle - Peinchonninch (D)


A hut circle at Peinchonninch.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Peinchonninch. Originally recorded by the OS as hut circle 'D'.

Centred at NG 402 645 is a settlement of five circular stone-walled huts (A to E) and traces of a contemporary field system.
All diameters are given between wall centres.
Hut 'A' measures about 10.0m in diameter with the wall spread to about 3.0m all round. One outer wall facing stone is visible in the S. The mutilated entrance is in the SSW.
'B' is identical to 'A' with the entrance in the same arc. A rectangular building measuring internally about 3.5 by 2.0m with an entrance in the SW has been built within the hut against the wall in the NE.
'C' measurs 8.5m in diameter with the wall spread to 2.5m. A ruinous modern wall running NW/SE crosses the mutilated SW arc. The entrance is not evident.
'D' measures 10.5m with the wall spread to 2.5m. The E and S arcs have been mutilated by peat diggings. The entrance is not evident.
'E' measures 7.5m with the wall spread to 2.5m The illdefined entrance is in the S.
In the vicinity of the huts, and particularly to the E of them, several stone clearance heaps and traces of walls probably part of a contemporary field system mainly obscured by peat. To the W the ground is occupied by lazy bed cultivation with comtemporary walls.
Visited by OS (A A) 4 November 1971.

140248 864416 Peinchonninch 1 AW666: The hut circle was visited by A Welti and M Wildgoose in 2019 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. A cluster of at least 5 circular stone structures lies on a gentle South facing slope which forms a plateau bounded to the west by steep slopes down to Uig Bay and to the north by the River Rha. Vegetation is mainly grass with moss submerging many of the visible stones. The area is grazed. A possible burial cairn lies nearby (see sketch of group positions). There are signs of long term agricultural usage in the form of ruinous boundary walls, enclosures, clearance cairns and lazy beds. AW666 is 250m from a stream, 300m from the River Rha, and 1000m from the sea at Uig Bay. The platfrom is dug into and built out from the gentle slope. There are panoramic views inland and to the sea. The structure has average inner diameter 8.8m and outer diameter 11.95m. The structure is largely submerged in moss and bog. The turf wall is 1.2m thick with maximum height 0.3m. No entrance could be discerned. AW666 is 8m from AW667 (see MHG), 12m from AW668 (see MHG62604)and 90m from AW669 (see MHG62603). <1> <2>

[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 2022 according to the location of the feature as seen on 2021 vertical APs. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 4024 6443 (19m by 19m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG46SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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