MHG8908 - 5 Hut circles & field system, Heights of Brae

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Type and Period (2)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Enclosure (NR). OS 6"map, (1967)

In an areas of rough grazing and recent cultivation is a settlement of 4 hut circles ('A'-'D').
Hut 'A' published on OS map as an enclosure measures c13m in diameter within a wall which is mutilated on all but N side of the entrance in SE, where it is spread to c3m. The inner face is visible intermittently in S, E, and W arcs, and probable displaced facing stones lie within hut. A field wall extends from S side of entrance as far as a later track to SE of hut.
The remaining 3 huts were discovered by NKB (OS field surveyor 1 July 1965). 'B' is c10..5m diameter within a denuded wall of 2.5m average spread. Its NE arc is best preserved. The entrance was probably in SE. Hut is partially obscured by whins.
'C' is approx 11.5 m diameter within a slight bank, severely obscured by peat "build up". W arc has been destroyed. The entrance is not obvious but was probably in SE arc.
'D' set into slope in SW is 15m diameter within a turf covered wall of 3m average spread. The entrance is in SE. A large pile of modern clearance has been dumped within huts E arc. In vicinity of huts are traces of contemporary field walls, largely obscured by later cultivation.
Surveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (J B) 15 November 1976.

In addition to four known hut-circles there is an enclosure which may mark position of fifth house. It lies of slight rise above, c 87m NW of hut-circle 'A', and is crossed from NNW to SSE by a fence-line. It measures 8.5m diameter over a shallow penannular
ditch measuring about 2m in breadth; there are traces of a very low bank on outer edge of ditch and there is a broad entrance gap on SSE.
Visited by RCAHMS (JRS) 3 March 1989.


RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region, 20, No. 155 (Text/Report). SHG2670.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 5142 6131 (366m by 221m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH56SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FODDERTY

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