MHG988 - Burnt Mound or kiln - Torr an T-Sniamba


A possible Bronze Age-early Iron Age burnt mound or a post-medieval (?) kiln.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Alternate Type) BURNT MOUND? (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 1 AD?)
  • KILN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • STRUCTURE? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible Bronze Age-early Iron Age burnt mound or a post-medieval (?) kiln.

Torr an t-Sniomha is a sub-oval burnt mound measuring 17m E-W by 9.5m and 1.3m in average height. It has been disturbed recently by bulldozing and much of content of burnt stones has been pushed to NE end. A number of large blocks lie on SSW side of the mound; whether they are from a structure, incorporated in the mound, or more recent field clearance, is unclear. The depression in the SE side of the mound faces a former stream bed.
Visited by OS (J B) 21 September 1981.

Torr an t-Sniomba (NR) (sic) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

This feature remains as a turf-covered mound, 1.4m high with a large depression in middle entered by a gap in the SW. Several rubble stones can be seen protruding through the surface. It has the appearance of a kiln.
Resurveyed at 1:2500. Visited by OS (N K B) 6 November 1964.

Torr an t-Sniomha is a grassy, cairn-like mound, possibly a kiln, about 50ft in diameter and 6ft high, which has been much dug into from S.
RCAHMS 1911.

Torr an t-Sniomha (Mound) (NR) OS 6"map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

GIS spatial data amended in 2018 according to the feature as seen on 2009 vertical APs. <1>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred ND 0283 6104 (23m by 17m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND06SW
Civil Parish REAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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