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Bridge of Badnagie,settlement 400m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2697 / 58°16'10"N

Longitude: -3.4402 / 3°26'24"W

OS Eastings: 315613

OS Northings: 932131

OS Grid: ND156321

Mapcode National: GBR K6WW.0TL

Mapcode Global: WH6F8.4D2Q

Entry Name: Bridge of Badnagie,settlement 400m NW of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5186

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument is a prehistoric settlement consisting of a number of hut circles on a natural shelf above the E bank of the Burn of Houstry. Hut circle 'A' (ND15593215) measures 7m in diameter internally and has an entrance to the S. The wall, where best preserved, is 2m wide and 0.3m high. Hut 'B' (ND15633211) has bare stone walls and a profusion of stony debris in the interior and this probably indicates that the hut had substantial stone walls. This hut is about 7.5m in diameter internally and has a S entrance.

To the W of the entrance, the wall of the hut expands to 3m in width and it is possible that this represents a well preserved souterrain running outside the wall of the house on its SW and W side. Hut 'C' (ND1563208) measures 8.5m NNW-SSE by 6.5m transversely with heather covered walls 2m wide and 0.2m high. The entrance is in the SSE. A cross wall in the interior of this hut may indicate a secondary hut

5.5m in diameter, with an entrance in common with the larger hut. 22m to the N of hut 'A' is a small circular enclosure or hut circle.

The area to be scheduled measures 170m NW-SE by 45m NE-SW, to include the hut circles, enclosure and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the hut circles may survive. The scheduled area extends 20m beyond the edge of the archaeological structures except to the N of hut 'A', where the area extends to the break of slope (12m to the SW of the hut)

and is shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a well preserved prehistoric settlement which has the potential to considerably increase our understanding of the domestic life and farming practices of its inhabitants. The association of a possible souterrain with one of the hut circles is of particular importance. The hut circles vary in form and contain evidence for the architecture of Iron Age domestic dwellings.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as ND 13 SE 45.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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