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Wester Brae

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

Site Name Wester Brae

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

Canmore ID 13693

Site Number NH66SE 7

NGR NH 65254 61771

NGR Description NH 65254 61771 and NH 65430 61663

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH66SE 7 653 617.

(Centred NH 655 615) Cairns (NR)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

(NH 6545 6136) Cairn (NR)

OS 6" map, (1959)

These cairns average 10ft in diameter and stand to a maximum height of 2ft.

A A Woodham 1956.

At NH 6525 6177 and NH 6543 6167, in a pasture field on a gentle NW-facing slope, are two hut circles, the former discovered by the previous OS field investigator (Visited by OS (N K B) 1 December 1978). This hut measures 9.0m in diameter within a stone wall spread to 2.0m. Occasional outer facing stones are visible in the E and S arcs. Recent clearance has been piled within the level interior of the hut in the SE arc. The mutilated entrance is in the NW. The other hut is more ill-defined; it measures 8.0m in diameter within a low, vague turf-covered wall spread to 1.5m. The position of the entrance is uncertain.

The scant remains of a contemporary field system (shown as an area of cairns on 2nd ed., OS 6" map) lie to the E. Its extent can no longer be ascertained as most of it has been destroyed by modern cultivation and afforestation. It is best preserved around the SE hut, where denuded stone clearance heaps and occasional field walls and lynchets from cultivation plots, two of which were measured as 20m by 15m and 40m by 20m. The mound of stones (published as 'Cairn' on the OS 6" 1959) at NH 6545 6136 is oval, measuring about 8.0m N-S by about 5.0m and roughly 1.0m high; it is probably a clearance heap.

Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (J B) 12 January 1978.

Hut circle 9.2m internal diameter with possible gap on NW. NH 652 617 possible 'enclosure' noted by OS.

RCAHMS 1979.


Field Visit (26 August 1943)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.


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