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Meall Mor

Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned), Field System (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Site Name Meall Mor

Classification Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned), Field System (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 11767

Site Number NG78SE 2

NGR NG 792 803

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Gairloch
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NG78SE 2.00 792 803.

NG78SE 2.01 centred on NG 792 803 Shieling-huts; Enclosure

Within a large area centred on NG 792 803 are the remains of a probable IA settlement with later shieling occupation.

The probable IA settlement is indicated by eight hut-circles, circular enclosure and the remains of a field system outlined by courses of boulders. The hut-circle remains vary from mere boulder outlines to substantial stone walls and in size from 6.0m - 8.0m in diameter, with entrances generally in the SE segment.

The best preserved is at NG 7907 8020. It is 8.0m in diameter and is formed by a stone wall 1.7m wide and 0.6m average height. No obvious entrance was noted; there are indications of a probable shieling inside. Another, at NG 7919 8010, is 6.0m in diameter and consists of a stone wall 1.6m wide x 0.5m average height set in the SW corner of a larger sub-circular structure c. 9.0m in diameter. There are also traces of an oval structure c. 4.0m x 3.0m within the NE side of the larger feature. The enclosure at NG 7922 8021 measure c. 13.0m in diameter with a stone wall 1.8m average width and 0.6m average height. The well-defined entrance is in the SE segment.

The shieling occupation is shown by the presence of some twelve bothies, five of which lie within older hut-circles. The bothies, built of stone, are generally boat-shaped and measures 5.0m x 3.0m on average.

Little evidence of stone-clearance was seen in this area.

Visited by OS (W D J) 14 October 1964.

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