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Drumderfit Hill

Field System (Prehistoric), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Drumderfit Hill

Classification Field System (Prehistoric), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 13592

Site Number NH65SE 5

NGR NH 65819 52190

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NH65SE 5 6580 5217.

(NH 6580 5217) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

A circular stone-walled hut (described by Woodham {1956} as a cairn) in a clearing on afforested Drumderfit Hill. It measures c. 10.5m in diameter between the centres of a mutilated wall of indeterminate thickness, in which no entrance is visible. Two conglomerate blocks in the NW may be outer facing stones.

According to Beaton (1885) there are numerous fine hut circles, mounds and tumuli, with parallel ridges or dykes connecting the huts, along the summit of Drumderfit Hill. Except for the one already described, no other huts could be located, but in fire breaks to a distance of c. 200.0m S of it, several field walls and stone clearance heaps are visible indicating the remains of an extensive probably contemporary field system.

Revised at 1/2500.

A J Beaton 1885; A A Woodham 1956; Visited by OS (N K B) 17 March 1966 and 3 December 1970.


Note (1979)

Drumderfit Hill NH 658 521 NH65SE 5 & 12

In 1966 the OS recorded a hut-circle on the N slopes of Drumderfit Hill; it measured about 10.5m in diameter between wall centres. Now inaccessible in dense forest, it is probably one of those noted by Beaton.


Beaton 1885A, 58; Woodham 1956, 75, no. 25


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