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Invershin Farm, settlement and burnt mound 500m east of

A Scheduled Monument in North, West and Central Sutherland, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.9362 / 57°56'10"N

Longitude: -4.402 / 4°24'7"W

OS Eastings: 257881

OS Northings: 896619

OS Grid: NH578966

Mapcode National: GBR H7HR.BCS

Mapcode Global: WH3BY.CS2F

Entry Name: Invershin Farm, settlement and burnt mound 500m E of

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5497

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: burnt mound; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncert

Location: Creich (Highland)

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

This monument consists of a hut circle, a burnt mound and a cairn on a W-facing hill slope. The hut circle survives as an ill-defined platform about 10m in diameter, with traces of walling on the E, S and W. There are several stone clearance cairns in the area around the hut which indicate the location of prehistoric cultivation. About 70m NE of the hut is a cairn, measuring 6m in diameter and 0.6m high.

It is edged with a kerb of stones. To the SW is a 'horn'-like projection about 4m long, of uncertain origin. About 180m NNW of the cairn is a burnt mound. It is about 13m diameter and 1m high and the crescent-shaped E side faces onto wettish ground. Records indicate that animal burrows in this burnt mound have revealed blackened earth and burnt stone.

Two areas, about 140m apart, are to be scheduled. The S area measures 125m SSW-NNE by 85m NNW-SSE and the N area 60m N-S by 40m E-W, to include the hut circle, cairn, burnt mound and areas around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monuments may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric burial practices, domestic life and land use. The cairn is likely to be a small prehistoric burial monument, while the burnt mound will contain important information about the uses to which prehistoric communities put these enigmatic structures.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NH 59 NE 12, 19 and 22.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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