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Cnoc Cairaidh

Cord Rig (Prehistoric)(Possible), Field System, Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Cnoc Cairaidh

Classification Cord Rig (Prehistoric)(Possible), Field System, Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Cnoc Meadhonach; Achnagarron

Canmore ID 5916

Site Number NC70NW 9

NGR NC 7343 0513

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 9 7343 0513

(A: NC 7343 0513; B: NC 7352 0519) Hut Circles (NR) (Name: NC 7318 0514) Field System (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1970)

Towards the E end of the ridge to the N of Achnagarron is a hut circle (A). It contains a smaller circle in the interior.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909.

Two hut circles (A and B) and an associated field system on a moorland ridge.

Visited by OS (N K B) 22 February 1966.

Three hut circles (A-C), C newly located at NC 7341 0519, and an accompanying field system. The huts are heather- covered and have simple entrances in the SE.

'A' measures 11.0m in diameter within a wall spread to 2.5m and 0.3m high. In the interior, abutting on the SE arc, is a secondary heather-covered hut circle sharing a common entrance. It measures 6.0m in diameter inside a wall spread to 1.5m and 0.3m high.

'B' measures 8.5m in diameter within a wall spread to 2.5m and 0.2m high.

'C', set in the slope, measures 12.5m NW-SE by 11.0m transversely within a wall spread to 2.5m by 0.2m high in the NW, but vague elsewhere.

The field system is denoted by numerous stone clearance heaps, spaced on average from 7.0m to 15.0m apart, interspersed with ooccasional traces of lynchets and banks; no measureable plots are discernible.

Revised at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 30 April 1981.


Field Visit (10 May 1995)

There are four hut-circles on the rounded, heather-covered ridge between Cnoc Cairaidh and Cnoc Meadhonach, to the W of Glenelg. Three (ROG95 271-3) have been noted previously. They measure between 9.7m by 8.8m (ROG95 271) and 13.1m by 10.9m (ROG95 273) within stony banks spread to 2.4m in thickness and up to 1m in height. The entrances lie on the S, SSE and E respectively, and the terminals of the banks of two of the hut-circles (ROG95 271-2) have been expanded. A secondary hut-circle, measuring 5.9m in diameter within a faced bank, 1.2m in thickness, has been inserted into the interior of one of the hut-circles (ROG95 272), sharing a common entrance with the earlier building. The fourth hut-circle (ROG95 274) is a new discovery and comprises no more than a low circular platform, measuring about 10m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height.

There is a scatter of small cairns, measuring up to 5m in diameter and 0.5m in height, along the crest and well-drained N and W flanks of the ridge. To the S and W the distribution of cairns peters out in increasingly boggy ground. Fragments of banks were visible amongst the cairns, largely obscured by the rank heather covering most of the ridge. In a patch of intensively burnt ground on the W flank of the ridge (NC c.7025 0520), what may be cord rig, measuring about 1.5m between furrows, is visible.

ROG95 272, NC 7343 0513, OS'A'

ROG95 271, NC 7352 0519, OS'B'

ROG95 273, NC 7341 0519, OS'C'

ROG95 274, NC 7339 0516

(ROG95 271-4, 945)

Visited by RCAHMS (DCC) 10 May 1995


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