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Minera,hut circles 330m SSE of,370m ESE of and 270m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2906 / 58°17'26"N

Longitude: -3.4385 / 3°26'18"W

OS Eastings: 315760

OS Northings: 934449

OS Grid: ND157344

Mapcode National: GBR K6WT.7ML

Mapcode Global: WH6F2.4WW8

Entry Name: Minera,hut circles 330m SSE of,370m ESE of and 270m E of

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6015

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument consists of a number of prehistoric hut circles on W- facing moorland. A group of 4 hut circles and associated clearance cairns are centred at ND157344, 2 further hut circles at ND158345 and a single hut circle at ND15813467. Three areas are to be scheduled: The S area measures 150m E-W by 170m SSE-NNW, the E area measures 95m SW-NE by 50m NW-SE and the N area 40m in diameter. These three areas cover the hut circles and associated clearance cairns and are shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and land use. The hut circles incorporate information about the architecture of prehistoric buildings and also evidence for the domestic life of their occupants. The fields include evidence about the agricultural economy of the settlement. Parts of the settlement are heavily peat covered and in these areas the evidence will be particularly well preserved.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 20, 21 and 42.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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