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Garbh-allt

Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Garbh-allt

Classification Cairnfield (Prehistoric), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 5906

Site Number NC70NW 65

NGR NC 7309 0533

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC70NW 65 7309 0533

(A: NC 7309 0533 and X: NC 7306 0529) Hut Circles (NR) (B: NC 7302

0545) Hut Circle (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Three hut circles (A, B and X) and an associated field system.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; Visited by OS (N K B) 22 February 1966.

On a gentle south-west slope in open moorland are two hut circles (A and B) and an accompanying field system. The published hut at NC 7306 0529 (X) is a fortuitous setting of lynchets and linear stone clearance.

'A' measures 11.5m N-S by 10.5m across, within a reduced and peat-obscured wall; entrance is no longer evident.

'B' measures 7.5m diameter inside a heather-covered wall spread to 2.5m and 0.3m high; the entrance is in the S.

The field system is denoted by numerous stone clearance heaps, spaced on average 5.0 to 15.0m apart, interspersed with occasional traces of lynchets and banks. No measurable plots are discernible.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 30 April 1981.

Activities

Field Visit (10 May 1995)

Three hut-circles are situated on a low ridge to the S of the Garbh-allt amongst a scatter of small cairns and occasional lynchets.

The most substantial hut-circle (ROG95 276, NC 7309 0533, OS'A') is situated at the SE end of the ridge and measures 11.9m from N to S by 11.4m transversely within a stony bank spread to 2m in thickness and 0.4m in height. The entrance is on the S, and the interior is slightly dished. An arc of bank to the SE could be the remains of a further structure.

The two other hut-circles are less substantial. The NW hut-circle (ROG95 278, NC 7302 0545, OS'B') measures 8.5m from N to S by 7.7m transversely within a stony bank 2m in thickness and 0.4m in height; its interior is dished, and the terminal of the bank on the W of the entrance, which is on the S, has been expanded. The third hut-circle (ROG95 277, NC 7306 0529, OS'X') comprises no more than a platform measuring about 9m in diameter and levelled into the slope on the N side.

The small cairns (ROG95 946), which measure up to 5m in diameter and 0.4m in height, are scattered across the well-drained spine and SW flank of the ridge. Fragmentary lynchets were noted within the scatter of cairns, but no plots were discernible.

(ROG95 276-8, 946)

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 10 May 1995

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