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Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Site Name Brackside

Classification Clearance Cairn(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut Circle (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 7355

Site Number NC96SE 33

NGR NC 9529 6413

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 33 9529 6413.

At NC 9529 6413 there is a heather-covered hut circle, 15.0m diameter and 0.8m maximum height, with its entrance in the E. Several large stones remain on the perimeter, and a vague internal cell, apparently contemporary with the hut circle, is visible in the NW.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 27 November 1964; Visible on RAF air photographs 106G/Scot/UK 75: 4082-3 (flown 1946)

(NC 9529 6413) Hut Circle (NR)

OS 25"map, (1965)

On an E-facing slope is a heather-covered hut circle measuring 12.5m WNW-ESE by 11.5m transversely within a wall spread from 2.0 to 3.5m, and 0.2 to 0.7m high. The entrance is in the ESE. Large boulder-slabs are evident in the hut build. In the interior are vague traces of a slightly curving cross-bank, from the W sector to the ENE sector, dividing the hut into two almost equal compartments; the interior of the northerly compartment is of a broken nature that tenuously suggests a footing or footings. These internal signs would relate to a later utilisation of the hut circle.

In the vicinity are several heaps of associated field clearance, and extending from the W of the hut is the indistinct course of a field wall or bank. Some 70.0m from the hut up the steep slope to the W is a crescent-shaped area of cleared stones.

Revised at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (J M) 17 August 1981.

This hut-circle was noted during a pre-afforestation survey of Sandside Estate. It measures 15m in diameter and has an entrance on the E. On the W, a field-wall climbs up the hillside and 70m further W there is a crescent-shaped area of field clearance.

C Dagg 13 October 1998; NMRS MS 1008/3, no.14


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