MHG9221 - Hut circle - Maol Mor (Auchtertyre N (1))


A hut circle at Maol Mor (Auchtertyre).

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 Maol Mor (Auchtertyre). First recorded here by the OS as Hut Circle 'A'.

In the area centred on NG 849 291 there are 2 hut circles ('A' and 'B').
'A' is a circular level platform, 9.5m in diameter, edged by traces of a wall about 1.5m thick. No entrance evident.
'B' is set into the slope and measures 8.5m within an overgrown wall which is 1.4m thick in the S where both inner and outer faces are visible. Entrance not evident.
Below the huts and in the area to the N, are several weathered-down lynchets possibly from contemporary cultivation. There are also a few shieling bothies in the area.
Surveyed at 1/10,000. Visited by OS (J M) 5 June 1974.

This hut circle was apparently not seen during a survey by M Wildgoose in 1989 in advance of a forestry scheme. <1>

184886 829125 Auchtertyre N (1) (Maol Mor A), MW005: The hut circle was visited by M Wildgoose in 2009 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross for A Welti. This circular HC sits on a natural knoll on E facing slope to W of Glen Udelain, elevation similar to that of the HCs to E of the glen (JDG003 - see MHG9248, JDG002 - see MHG9212 and JM002 - see MHG9250). Average inner wall diameter is 10m, outer wall diam is 14m, wall thickness 2m, maximum internal height 0.3m and the outer slope survives to 1m high. The wall is constructed of turf. A ring cairn (MHG9208) is 600m from this HC (Note that the distance measured on the map is about 335m). The 1974 survey recorded a second HC (B) at this grid ref. It was noted as 'site destroyed' in 2009 (though this is visible on 2009 aerial photographs). MW005 would have been close to the destroyed HC. It may also be associated with MW002 which is 250m away (Note that the distance measured on the map is about 500m). There is a water board pipe line passing close to or through the site. <2> <3>

[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 amended in 2018 to location as shown on 2009 APs. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8488 2913 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG82NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish LOCHALSH

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