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Carriside,hut circle 350m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Thurso and Northwest Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.5122 / 58°30'43"N

Longitude: -3.5913 / 3°35'28"W

OS Eastings: 307388

OS Northings: 959320

OS Grid: ND073593

Mapcode National: GBR K6H7.9N0

Mapcode Global: WH5BW.T91V

Entry Name: Carriside,hut circle 350m N of

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5305

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Reay

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Thurso and Northwest Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


This monument consists of the round foundations of a prehistoric house on sloping moorland above Loch Calder.

The foundations of the round house measures 8.5m in diameter within a bank 2.5m wide and up to 0.9m high. There are traces of an entrance on the E side of the hut circle. There are no traces of contemporary cultivation in the vicinity of the hut circle.

The area to be scheduled measures 50m N-S by 50m E-W, to include the hut circle and an area around it in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the hut circle 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 contribution to an understanding of prehistoric domestic settlement and social life. Traces of the internal organisation of the house will survive along with evidence for the economic organisation of the household who lived within the house.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 05 NE 28.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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