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Islay, Ardmore

Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Site Name Islay, Ardmore

Classification Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 38068

Site Number NR45SE 27

NGR NR 4685 5126

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kildalton And Oa
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR45SE 27 4685 5126

NR 468 513. A circular enclosure lies 150m SE of Mullach Ban. It is 9.15m in diameter within turf-grown, spread walls 0.91m to 2.75m thick, incorporating boulders. The entrance, in the SE, is flanked by slabs and closed by a slab. The circle is partly enclosed by a dyke.

I D Shanks 1976.

At NR 4685 5126, in a slight depression on a low rocky ridge, is an oval enclosure, possibly a hut circle. It measures 8.5m WNW-ESE by 7.5m transversely within a wall 0.5m maximum height. Large inner and outer facing slabs are visible intermittently indicating a wall thickness of about 2.0m. There is an entrance 1.9m wide, flanked by slabs on edge, in the ESE arc. Loose stone lies about the interior. Abutting the enclosure are lazy beds, and a sinuous field bank fringing early modern cultivation runs past the south-east arc.

There is no evidence of ancient land use.

The somewhat crude construction and the proximity of 18/19th century fields cast doubt on the classification of hut circle.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (NKB), 20 March 1979.

This hut-circle, which lies on a low ridge 750m NNE of Ardmore among later agricultural enclosures and field-banks, measures 8m by 7.5m within a wall up to 0.5m high.

The wall is considerably overgrown, but several large irregularly-shaped inner and outer facing-stones can be

traced, giving a thickness of between 1.8m and 2m. The entrance lies on the SE, where two large slabs set on edge form the sides of an entrance-passage 2m wide. A later subrectangular structure lies in the centre of the hut-circle,

with traces of another in the area of the entrance.

RCAHMS 1984, visited May 1980.

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