MHG744 - Hut Circles - Reay Burn


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  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

At NC 9673 6350, NC 9674 6355 and NC 9675 6351 there are three hut circles measuring respectively 8.0m, 7.5m and 7.0m in diameter. They are all visible as grass-covered banks 0.6m high; the two southerly ones each have an entrance in the SE while in the northern one, no entrance is apparent.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (R D) 27 November 1964; Visible on RAF air photographs 106G/Scot/UK 75 4361-2 (flown 1946)

(NC 967 635) Hut Circles (NR) OS 6"map, (1963)

Three turf-covered hut circles (A-C) on a moorland ridge.
'A', set in the slope, measures approximately 7m in diameter within a wall spread at most to 2m and 0.4m high. The S quarter is mutilated.
'B', set in the slope, measures an estimated 6.5m in diameter within a wall spread from 2-2.5m and up to 0.4m high.
'C' measures about 8.5m in diameter within tenuous wall remains. Within the hut in the entrance sector a concave arc of banking, 2m wide by 0.3m high, suggests a secondary hut circle 5.5m internal diameter.
In the general vicinity of the hut circles two or three slight, peat-covered mounds probably denote associated stone clearance.
Revised at 1:10560. Visited by OS (J M) 4 August 1981.

On vertical aerial photographs dating to 1999-2001, there appear to be a further eleven circular features in the immediate vicinity most of diameters approximately 8-9m, with one of c.13m. Whether these are all also hut circles is uncertain:
NGR 296652 963507
NGR 296662 963530
NGR 296679 963564
NGR 296709 963585
NGR 296720 963571
NGR 296723 963562
NGR 296718 963539
NGR 296758 963502
NGR 296716 963491
NGR 296705 963479
NGR 296672 963484 (13m diameter)

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Grid reference Centred NC 9673 6353 (100m by 100m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC96SE
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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