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Cnoc Nan Tri-mile

Non Antiquity

Site Name Cnoc Nan Tri-mile

Classification Non Antiquity

Canmore ID 71087

Site Number NC27SE 10

NGR NC 281 707

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NC27SE 10 281 707.

NC 281 707. Oval hut, 5m by 4m.

T C Welsh 1972l.

Not located in featureless moorland. Similar structures described by Welsh as huts have usually been shielings or bothies.

Visited by OS (NKB) 28 April 1980.

The grid reference was not confirmed. The only possible site Welsh could be referring to is a spot with similar measurements of raised earth in the form of an oval (figure 9). There is a small crescent shaped pond of about 3m long and 1.5m wide on its S side. However, there are no visible structural remains to suggest the presence of a building here.

Lieu 2000, 5.

NC 28100 70702. The mound was once again located during this year's survey. I believe the structure may not be a shieling but is in fact a clearance cairn. A similar mound was located further to the West of CWHI 11. The site has been enveloped by peat and as such bares no evidence of any stonework. There is no evidence to suggest it was a shieling.

Street 2001, 12.


Field Visit (May 1972 - September 1972)

Field visit by Dr TC Welsh.

Field Visit (28 April 1980)

Field visit by Ordnance Survey.

Field Visit (6 August 2008)

The location (NC 281 707) quoted by Dr Welsh (1972, 42) of an oval shieling-hut lies within an extensive peat bog characterised by natural mounds and water-filled shell- and bomb-craters. At least one of these mounds, which has a deflated summit, could easily have been mistaken for a shieling-hut or mound. Street (2001, 12) was incorrect in suggesting that there are clearance cairns in the vicinity.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS, JH) 6 August 2008.


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