MHG8925 - Strath Sgitheach


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH56SW 14 524 632.
Centred at NH 524632 on an almost level part of hillside is a settlement of 3 hut circles, plus a probable hut ('A' - 'D').
'A' is a small heather-covered hut measuring 8.5 m SE - NW x 7m within a slight wall of 1.8 m average spread. Entrance is in SE.
'B' is noticeably larger and stronger built than 'A' being 13m SE - NW x 11m within a wall of 2.5 m av spread, somewhat mutilated in NW. An outer facing stone lies at E side of entrance in SE.
'C' is 8.5 m E-W x 7.5 m within a wall of 2m average spread. The entrance is in the E.
Immediately to ENE of 'C' is an enclosure 'D' probably a hut circle though in a much poorer and rougher condition than 'C'. It measures approximately 9.9 m SE - NW x approximately 7m within a wall of indeterminate width. Some probable facing stones lie to the S of the entrance, in the SE.
130m E of 'B' is a sub-rectangular feature ('X' on the field sheet) about 8m in diameter within a turf-covered bank. Its condition is too amorphous for definite classification.
A few scattered clearance heaps are the only evidence of contemporary cultivation in the area.
Surveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J B) 16 November 1976.

This group of at least three hut circles and scattered cairns stands in improved pasture.
RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978 <1>

A number of other settlement features are visible across this area on an aerial photograph taken by Jim Bone in 2010. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5245 6327 (305m by 196m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH56SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish DINGWALL

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