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Cnocan Conachreag,shielings 1450m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.3034 / 58°18'12"N

Longitude: -3.5341 / 3°32'2"W

OS Eastings: 310187

OS Northings: 935999

OS Grid: ND101359

Mapcode National: GBR K6MS.CST

Mapcode Global: WH5CW.PK8F

Entry Name: Cnocan Conachreag,shielings 1450m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5170

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: shieling

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness

Description

This monument consists of 6 shieling mounds by the side of a small burn. The mounds vary in size; the largest is to the SW and is quite substantial. This supports a subrectangular building about 10 by 5m with bowed walls on its long axis and a slab subdividing the interior into 2 rooms. The entrance to this building is in the E wall and

there is a small stone-built annex attached to the S of the mound.

The other shieling mounds are less substantial and support buildings of subrectangular form which vary from 4m by 3m to 8m by 4m. There is a small stone-built circular sheepfold to the S of the site. The area to be scheduled measures 140m E-W by 110m N-S, to include the shieling mounds, the sheepfold and an area around these structures in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of these structures 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 post medieval agricultural practices. The monument consists of a number of shieling mounds. The shielings which once existed on these mounds were used for accommodation during the summer when cattle were taken to summer pasture. This site incorporates important information on the way of life and agricultural organisation of post medieval farming communities.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 NW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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