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The Ord

Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Site Name The Ord

Classification Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 5056

Site Number NC50NE 80

NGR NC 5756 0572

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Lairg
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland

Archaeology Notes

NC50NE 80 5756 0572.

At NC 5756 0572 on the NE slopes of The Ord is a roughly oval, heather-covered burnt mound situated close to a burn. It measures 14.5m SE-NW by 11.5m and stands up to 1.6m high. Two depressions occur in the mound at the NW end, and a larger one at the SE end near the burn. Three or four large unburnt stones lay on the perimeter of the mound in the S. Where exposed, the mound's interior is of small friable stones. A surface scrape reveals many small fragments of charcoal but they may be the result of later heather burning. Several hut circles stand close by (see NC50NE 13).

This burnt mound is probably referred to in NC50NE 46 but the statement there of size and position does not agree with the mound described above.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (J B) 16 March 1979.

Activities

Field Visit (16 March 1979)

At NC 5756 0572 on the NE slopes of The Ord is a roughly oval, heather-covered burnt mound situated close to a burn. It measures 14.5m SE-NW by 11.5m and stands up to 1.6m high. Two depressions occur in the mound at the NW end, and a larger one at the SE end near the burn. Three or four large unburnt stones lay on the perimeter of the mound in the S. Where exposed, the mound's interior is of small friable stones. A surface scrape reveals many small fragments of charcoal but they may be the result of later heather burning. Several hut circles stand close by (see NC50NE 13).

This burnt mound is probably referred to in NC50NE 46 but the statement there of size and position does not agree with the mound described above.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (J B) 16 March 1979.

Ground Survey (22 February 2010 - 18 March 2010)

NC 575 050 A topographic survey of the scheduled area

and a 100m buffer zone around the The Ord was carried

out 22 February–18 March 2010. The area contains a high

density of archaeological monuments, including Neolithic

funerary monuments and remains of Bronze Age settlements

and agriculture. Although the distribution of the major

features was known, this survey added detail and increased

the accuracy of information obtained in previous surveys.

The survey also identified several previously unrecorded

features. In total over 450 individual archaeological features

were recorded including a burnt mound, c35 hut circles, 14

rectangular buildings and over 300 clearance cairns.

Archive: RCAHMS

Funder: The Forestry Commission Scotland

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