MHG728 - Hut Circle, Achins


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Type and Period (1)

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

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Full Description

A heather-covered hut circle, 15m diameter and 0.8m maximum height, with its entrance in the E. Several large stones remain on the perimeter, and a vague internal cell, apparently contemporary with the hut circle, is visible in the NW.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 27 November 1964; Visible on RAF air photographs 106G/Scot/UK 75: 4082-3 (flown 1946)

(NC 9529 6413) Hut Circle (NR) OS 25"map, (1965)

On an E-facing slope is a heather-covered hut circle measuring 12.5m WNW-ESE by 11.5m transversely within a wall spread from 2-3.5m, and 0.2 to 0.7m high. The entrance is in ESE. Large boulder-slabs are evident in the hut build. In the interior are vague traces of a slightly curving cross-bank, from the W sector to the ENE sector, dividing the hut into two almost equal compartments; the interior of the northerly compartment is of a broken nature that tenuously suggests a footing or footings. These internal signs would relate to a later utilisation of the hut circle.
In the vicinity are several heaps of associated field clearance, and extending from the W of the hut is the indistinct course of a field wall or bank. Some 70.0m from the hut up the steep slope to the W is a crescent-shaped area of cleared stones.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (J M) 17 August 1981.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9528 6413 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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