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

Site Name Achins

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

Canmore ID 7346

Site Number NC96SE 26

NGR NC 9595 6374

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Reay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

NC96SE 26 9595 6374.

There are several cairns at the Achins but, being unsubstantiated, were not published.

Name Book 1873.

There is no local knowledge of these cairns.

Visited by OS (R D) 26 November 1964.

At NC 9595 6375, S of Achins, is a hut circle and an accompanying field system.

The hut measures approximately 8.0m in diameter within a wall reduced to a turf-covered spread 1.5 to 2.0m broad and 0.1m high; there is an entrance in the SW. From the S side of the entrance the wall has been bedded on living rock; in the NE arc is an upstanding stone 0.8m broad by 0.7m thick and 0.5m high.

The field system is mainly apparent as heaps of stone clearance, most numerous in the N half where they are spaced on average from 20.0 to 25.0m apart; occasionally linear stone clearnce is also apparent as well as sporadic traces of lynchets. No measurable plots are discernible.

A later field bank crosses the field system.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 17 July 1981.


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