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Altbreck,homestead 1800m ESE of Dalchork Bridge

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.0589 / 58°3'31"N

Longitude: -4.3867 / 4°23'12"W

OS Eastings: 259266

OS Northings: 910243

OS Grid: NC592102

Mapcode National: GBR H7JF.CBH

Mapcode Global: WH3BC.LP9V

Entry Name: Altbreck,homestead 1800m ESE of Dalchork Bridge

Scheduled Date: 11 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5563

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: homestead

Location: Lairg

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

The monument consists of the earthworks of a probable prehistoric homestead on raised ground in a Forestry Commission plantation.

The homestead comprises a substantial D-shaped enclosure situated in an elevated location. The enclosure is about 22m E-W by 24m N-S and is defined by a turf and stone dyke which is best preserved on the NE, where it stands to a height of about 0.3m above the interior. The entrance may have been in the S part of the enclosure.

The area to be scheduled measures 70m NNW-SSE by 45m WSW-ENE, to include the homestead and an area around in which traces of activities associated with its construction and use may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of prehistoric domestic life and agriculture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NC51SE 57.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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