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Field System (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Swordly

Classification Field System (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 6449

Site Number NC76SW 9

NGR NC 741 627

NGR Description Centred NC 741 627

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC76SW 9 centred 741 627

(NC 7396 6277) Enclosure (NR)

(NC 7429 6260) Hut Circle (NR)

OS 6" map, (1963).

See also NC76SW 10.

A scattered settlement of ten stone walled hut circles (A-K) was discovered during field investigation in 1960 on a SW-facing slope within an associated field system.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (J L D) 13 June 1960 and (R L) 13 July 1971.

NC 741 627. This settlement of ten hut circles, which occupy natural shelves or are set into the slope, comprises three oval (A,B and F) and seven csircular examples. The former vary in internal size between 7.5m by 6.5m (B) to 9.5m by 8.0m (F), and the latter from 6.0m (E) to 9.0m (K) internal diameter. The walls are turf or heather-covered with some bracken infestation, and are spread from 1.5m to 2.5m wide with a height difference between 0.1m (A) and 0.9m (F). Some facing stones on edge mainly of the inner face are exposed. The entrance to the huts, where identifiable, is in the S or SE arc, those of huts C and K being distinctly clubbed, the wall expanding to 3.0m in width. On the S side of A are three sub-circular cells, 3.0m across, bounded by low walls of bare stone spread to 1.0m wide. The lack of vegatation cover suggests that they are later than the hut.

These hut circles are broadly similar, no single hut is distinctive from the others.

The field system, extending for about 16ha, comprises field clearance heaps, lynchets, occasional field walls and rickles of stones defining cultivation plots ranging frorm 30.0m by 15.0m to 20.0m by 10.0m. Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (N K B) 8 August 1977.

A number of hut circles, rectangular structures, enclosures etc are described and planned.

R J Mercer 1981.

Mercer's numbers equate with OS letters thus:-

No. 37 is Hut circle C,

No. 39 is hut D,

No. 42 is hut E,

No. 45 is hut F,

No. 46 is hut G,

No. 51 is hut H,

No. 47 is a cairn with cist (See NC76SW 10).

The other features itemised and planned by Mercer are a mixture of stone clearance heaps, field walls and amorphous rickles of stones.

Visited by OS (N K B) 11 August 1981.


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