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

Site Name Lochend

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

Canmore ID 14070

Site Number NH69SW 9

NGR NH 622 913

NGR Description Centred NH 622 913

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

NH69SW 9 centred 622 913.

(A: NH 6223 9139; B: NH 6224 9125) Hut Circles (NR)

OS 25" map, (1967)

(Centred NH 622 912 and NH 622 914) Cairns (NR)

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

'A': A hut circle, measuring 10.0m NW-SE by 9.0m, defind by a wall spread to c. 3.5m with an entrance in the SE (OS [WDJ]). The RCAHMS (1911) note indications of a sub-division in the interior. About six mounds (stone clearance heaps according to OS field investigator) lie near it.

Hut circle 'B' measures 15' x 13' with a bank about 6' thick. The entrance is in the SE. A number of mounds (clearance according to OS field investigator) lie to the N and NE, including a crescentric

mound facing N, with its back to the higher slope of the hill. It measures 25' in length, 11' thick at the centre and 6' thick at either end, the depth of the curve being 5'

Surveyed at 1:2500.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (W D J) 27 May 1963.

There is no trace of hut 'A' or of stone clearance heaps near its published position in a wood.

The alleged hut, 'B', is defind by a stony bank, 3.0m thick, forming a horse-shoe shape open at the SE side, and measures overall c. 9.0m NW-SE by c. 7.5m. It is more likely a mutilated clearance heap than a hut. There are a number of clearance heaps in the area. The crescentric mound, described by the RCAHMS, and published on OS 6"map at NH 6225 9129, may be clearance, or possbly a fortuitous arrangement.

Visited by OS (N K B) 10 October 1969.

At the precise position of 'A' is an amorphous swelling, about 10.0m across and 0.4m high, now overgrown with trees and bisected by a track. If this was the hut circle described by the RCAHMS (1911), it has been mutilated beyond recognition. No other feature resembling a hut occurs in the vicinity, but there are two or three stone clearance heaps nearby.

'B', as described by previous OS field investigator, is a hollowed-out mound, possibly a clearance heap, of which there are a number nearby. The crescentric mound noted by the RCAHMS is almost certainly clearance as well.

Visited by OS (N K B) 20 October 1980.


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