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Ordan

Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Ordan

Classification Cairnfield (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 14023

Site Number NH69SW 34

NGR NH 616 906

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Creich (Sutherland)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NH69SW 34 616 906.

A hut circle, oval on plan, but much effaced, with an entrance in the SE, lies 300 yards S of Ordan farm, in Swordale Wood opposite the SE corner of the arable land. Some 30ft E are the dilapidated remains of another, probably circular, but now indefinite in outline. A small group of mounds lies adjacent, and there are more in the wood towards the N.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

In the area centred NH 6175 9073, in dense afforestation, there are about twelve stone clearance heaps, but no huts were found.

Visited by OS (R L) 13 October 1969.

Two hut circles were located in Swordale Wood in the area indicated by the RCAHMS. Both are obscured by trees and vegetation. The first, at NH 6175 9067, measures about 8.0m E-W by 7.0m internally. The E half of the periphery is indicated by the faintest of inner scarps, and in the W half, a rough turf and moss-covered band of rubble, 1.5m wide and 0.3m high externally, defines the periphery. No indication of the entrance survives. The second hut, at NH 6167 9069, measures about 10.0m in diameter within a low, turf-covered, spread wall 2.0m wide and 0.2m high. Stones of the wall protrude intermittently through the turf. A break in the W may be the entrance. No trace of a further structure to the E was seen at either location.

The stone clearance is as described by the previous field investigator.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J B) 9 September 1980.

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Field Visit (27 July 1909)

62. Swordale, Bonarbridge. Some 300 yards S. of Ordan Farm, within the Swordale wood, and opposite the SE. corner of the arable land, is a hut circle, much effaced, with an entrance apparently from the SE. It seems to have been of the usual oval form. Some 30' E. are the dilapidated remains of another, probably circular, but now indefinite in outline (NH69SW 34).

A. small group of mounds lies adjacent, and there are more in the wood towards the N.

On the W. side of the old crofter enclosure, near the deer fence, about 1/2 m. SE. of Ordan, and S. of the old road to Little Swordale, is a small group of mounds and a much-effaced hut circle of simple oval form.

Within the Clabran Salach, near its N. end, there appear to be other mounds, and there is a group of some half a dozen in the wood to the E. of the opening N. of it, about ½ m. WNW. of Little Swordale.

Within the birch wood, W. of the tongue of arable land to the W. of Little Swordale, is a small group of mounds.

OS 6-inch map: Sutherland Sheet cxi. (unnoted).

RCAHMS 1911, visited (AOC) 27th July 1909.

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