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

Site Name Seannabhail

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

Alternative Name(s) Airdens

Canmore ID 14029

Site Number NH69SW 4

NGR NH 6178 9373

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NH67SW 4 centred 6178 9373.

(NH 6178 9373) Hut Circle (NR)

OS 25"map, (1969)

(Centred NH 618 937) Cairns (NR)

OS 6" map, Sutherland, 2nd ed., (1907)

At Airdens, about 150 yards N of the targets, is a group of about 18 small mounds. One is c. 24' in diameter and from 4' - 5' in height, and the others are c. 18' in diameter.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

On a ridge separated from NH69SW 2 by a marshy gully is a mutilated stone-walled hut. It measures c.13.0m NW-SE x c.11.0m between wall centres. In the NE arc, the wall is spread to c.2.2m with occasional outer facing stones visible, but elsewhere it is poorly defined. The entrance, in the SE, is defined by a mutilated gap. Around the hut are a number of stone clearance heaps (the mounds noted by RCAHMS (1911), and the cairns of OS 6" map). Some are probably of contemporary plots, but some may be associated with recent cultivation.

Hut circle surveyed at 1:2500 (OS [RDL]).

Visited by OS (R D L) 4 June 1963 and (N K B) 6 October 1963.

No change.

Visited by OS (J B) 5 September 1980.


Field Visit (2 October 1909)

70. Airdens, Bonarbridge.

At Airdens, on a ridge some 80 yards SE. of the targets, are the remains of a hut circle having an interior diameter of 30', a bank 4' thick, and the entrance from the E.

About 150 yards N. of the targets is a group of about eighteen small mounds [NH69SW 4]. One measures 24' in diameter, and from 4' to 5' in height. Several of them measure some 18' in diameter.

OS 6-inch map: Sutherland Sheet cviii.

RCAHMS 1911, visited (AOC) 2nd October 1909.


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