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Barrock Mill, 'thorny Hillock'

Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Site Name Barrock Mill, 'thorny Hillock'

Classification Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 8845

Site Number ND26SE 5

NGR ND 2960 6243

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

ND26SE 5 2960 6243

(ND 2960 6242) Thorny Hillock (Mound) (NR)

OS 6" map, Caithness, 2nd ed., (1907)

Thorny Hillock (NAT) Kiln (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map, (1959)

This is a grassy mound 43ft in diameter and about 4ft high. It was found to be a kiln when excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry.

RCAHMS 1911, visited 1910.

A mound, as described above. It has a slight depression in the centre, and in the SW segment quantities of burnt stones are visible.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 6 September 1965.

(ND 2960 6242) Thorny Hillock (NAT)

OS 6" map (1970).

Despite its classification from excavation as a kiln, Thorny Hillock (name verified) would appear to be a typical burnt mound, situated at the edge of boggy ground. The mound, generally as described, is roughly U-shaped with the open end facing the wet area, though this effect is enhanced by the old excavation trench. Burnt stones are exposed here and there in the mound.

Visited by OS (N K B), 18 May 1982.

Activities

Field Visit (6 September 1965)

A mound, as described above. It has a slight depression in the centre, and in the SW segment quantities of burnt stones are visible.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 6 September 1965.

Field Visit (18 May 1982)

Despite its classification from excavation as a kiln, Thorny Hillock (name verified) would appear to be a typical burnt mound, situated at the edge of boggy ground. The mound, generally as described, is roughly U-shaped with the open end facing the wet area, though this effect is enhanced by the old excavation trench. Burnt stones are exposed here and there in the mound.

Visited by OS (N K B) 18 May 1982.

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