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Allt Domhain

Field System (Period Unassigned), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Allt Domhain

Classification Field System (Period Unassigned), Settlement (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 5072

Site Number NC50SE 11

NGR NC 5884 0361

NGR Description NC 5884 0361 and NC 5897 0361

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC50SE 11 5884 0361 and 5897 0361

(A : NC 5884 0361 B : NC 5897 0361) Hut Circles (NR).

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Hut circles and field clearance.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

OS 6"map annotated by K Frost 21 November 1966.

This is a settlement of six stone-walled hut circles (A-F) (four additional huts (C-F) were found) in association with a field system. The situation is the S-facing flank of a hill. The field system occupying three hectares comprises mainly stone clearance heaps; there are also, occasional, ill-defined lynchets and vestiges of field walls or banks which delineate cultivation plots varying in size from 45.0m by 20.0m to 15.0m by 10.0m. The huts, peat-covered and in the main much reduced, are broadly similar.

Huts A and B are the best preserved.

'A' is, about 10.0m N-S by 7.0m inside a wall spread to 2.0m; an entrance is from the S.

'B' is about 9.0m NNE-SSW by 7.5m internally; a wall spread of 1.5m increases to 2.5m at an entrance, possibly splayed, from the SSW.

Huts C-F, generally are most distinguished by their levelled stances, the walls remaining only in part and that, at best, as a spread of 1.5-2.0m. Their interior dimensions vary from 7.5m by 6.5m to 9.5m by 8.0m. Entrances where visible are on the south arc on the longer axis. Huts A and B re-surveyed at 1:2500 and 1:10 000.

Huts F and C surveyed at 1:2500 and 1:10 000.

Hut D and E surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (J M) 3 August 1976.

NC 612 041 (area) A walkover survey was carried out between September and December 2005 as part of an EIA for a proposed windfarm. A group of six substantial hut circles and a large group of nearby contemporary field clearance cairns were surveyed (NC50SE 11). There may also have been some later settlement here, or at least seasonal uses, as some rectangular or sub-rectangular buildings seem to be present. There has been active peat cutting in the general

area and this may explain some of the features previously identified by the OS as lynchets and field walls.

A previously unrecorded round cairn of uncertain date was located to the E of this site at NC 594 033; and a further group of field clearance cairns at NC 600 032.

Archive to be deposited in NMRS.

Sponsor: Macaulay Enterprises.

J Wood 2005


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