MHG9855 - Kilphedir Burn


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Type and Period (2)

  • HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
  • SOUTERRAIN (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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NC91NE 28 991 190.

(Centred NC 991190) Enclosures (NR) (Three shown A-C) (NC 9913 1903) Earth House (NR).
OS 6"map, (1964)

There are two hut circles (A and B) of which one (A) incorporates an earth-house.
J M Joass 1873; RCAHMS 1911.

Three enclosures (A-C) can be identified.
Visited by OS (W D J) 20 May 1960.

On a gentle W-facing moorland slope, above the gorge of Allt Cille Pheadair on the E side, is a settlement of three hut circles (A-C). Hut A, the best-preserved, measures 10m diameter within a massive wall, 1.5m maximum height, which is spread to 3m broad, widening to 5m at the entrance in the SSE arc. This entrance is club-shaped and choked with debris. Occasional slabs on edge indicate the remains of the inner wall face. The souterrain as described by RCAHMS is virtually complete and accessible along its whole length of 10.0m. It is of dry-stone construction roofed with flags. It measures 0.7m wide and 0.9m high at the entrance on the SW side of the hut, increasing to a maximum of 1.3 wide and 1.4m high. Towards the end of the passage, an opening has been cleared in the roof. The other huts are less substantial and peat-overgrown. B, set into the slope is 12.0m in diameter within a mutilated wall spread to 2.0m broad. A slight dip in the wall in the SW arc probably indicates the entrance. C measures 10.5m N-S by 8.5m within a wall spread to 3.0m broad. It is set into a W-facing slope. The entrance was presumably in the S but no details survive.
There is no trace of cultivation plots, and apart from a rickle of stones nearby, no clearance. However the surrounding ground is smooth and relatively stone-free suggesting some form of cultivation.
Visited by OS (N K B) 19 July 1976.

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Grid reference Centred NC 9915 1907 (140m by 130m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NC91NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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