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Achrasker

Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Site Name Achrasker

Classification Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 7358

Site Number NC96SE 36

NGR NC 9928 6328

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 36 9928 6328.

At NC 9928 6328, on the W margin of damp ground, some 60m NE of a hut circle (NC96SE 37), is a burnt mound, 8.0m diameter by 0.7m high. A depression extends from the E side through to roughly the centre. A thick blanket of heather prevents investigation of the content but its form and positioning leave little doubt as to the purpose.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 22 July 1981.

This burnt mound (NMRS, MS 738/25, no.7) was recorded during the course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd. It measures 7m across and is 1.2m high.

A Smith and D Rankin, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, November 1995; NMRS MS 738/25

NC 993 634 (centre) A pre-afforestation survey was carried out on behalf of Historic Scotland by AOC (Scotland) Ltd in November 1995, covering slightly less than 1sq km of land at Achrasker, 3km SE of Reay. Nine sites had already been recorded in the area by the RCAHMS. The survey found that some of the known sites were more extensive than previously recorded, and in addition discovered several new sites, including:

NC 99275 63290 Burnt mound (NC96SE 36).

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

AOC (Scotland) Ltd 1996

Activities

Field Visit (22 July 1981)

At NC 9928 6328, on the W margin of damp ground, some 60m NE of a hut circle (NC96SE 37), is a burnt mound, 8.0m diameter by 0.7m high. A depression extends from the E side through to roughly the centre. A thick blanket of heather prevents investigation of the content but its form and positioning leave little doubt as to the purpose.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (J M) 22 July 1981.

Field Visit (November 1995)

This burnt mound (NMRS, MS 738/25, no.7) was recorded during the course of a pre-afforestation survey by AOC (Scotland) Ltd. It measures 7m across and is 1.2m high.

A Smith and D Rankin, AOC (Scotland) Ltd, November 1995; NMRS MS 738/25

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