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Hut Circle (Prehistoric), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Site Name Talatoll

Classification Hut Circle (Prehistoric), Shieling Hut(S) (Post Medieval)

Alternative Name(s) Talatell

Canmore ID 38952

Site Number NR75SE 4

NGR NR 7780 5280

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilcalmonell
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR75SE 4 7780 5280.

(NR 7780 5288) Old Corn Kilns (NAT)

OS 6" map, (1924)

The remains of an extensive cluster of shieling huts stand in open moorland 1.6km SE of Talatoll. The majority of the huts are grouped around two rocky hillocks standing on the left side of an unnamed burn. They vary greatly in size, shape, and state of preservation, it is unlikely that all were in occupation at the same time. They have been built of stones and turf, the entrance doorways often being formed of stone slabs on end. Of the 43 or so huts that can now be identified, the majority comprised a single chamber; a few, two; while at least two had three chambers. Towards the SW end of the site there is a circular enclosure measuring 12.2m in external diameter. a hut is situated in the SE sector of this enclosure.

About 180m S of these remains, a smaller group of similar huts stands on the opposite side of the burn. No traditions relating to the practice of shieling appear to be preserved in the locality, but the area of rough pasture surrounding the hut sites is still in regular use for the summer grazing of cattle.

RCAHMS 1971, visited 1967.

About 20 shielings and other amorphous mounds were located in scattered groups along the burn, and are generally as described by the RCAHMS. The circular enclosure was not located.

Visited by OS (D W R) 13 August 1973.

Centred on NR 775 530 and NR 778 528 are the shieling groups as described and planned by the RCAHMS. The enclosure, at NR 7754 5299, is a hut circle 10.0m internal diameter. The interior is levelled, and the wall, in the main reduced to an overgrown band of rubble measuring 2.0m broad and 0.3m high, retains enough of an inner facing to demonstrate boulder-slab construction. An entrance is in the southern arc. The "hut" in the SE sector is a shieling.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (J M) 7 February 1978.


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