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Heilam, hut circle 450m ENE of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.5041 / 58°30'14"N

Longitude: -4.6463 / 4°38'46"W

OS Eastings: 245900

OS Northings: 960360

OS Grid: NC459603

Mapcode National: GBR G6X7.SJ6

Mapcode Global: WH26Z.LJN1

Entry Name: Heilam, hut circle 450m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 23 July 1976

Last Amended: 8 March 2004

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3854

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Durness

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: North, West and Central Sutherland

Traditional County: Sutherland

Description

The monument comprises a stone hut, probably of later prehistoric date, situated at c37m OD in heather moorland. The site was originally scheduled in July 1976, but an inadequate area was included to protect all of the archaeological remains: the current scheduling resolves this.

The monument is of the type normally referred to as a hut circle. It consists of a stone bank enclosing an area 10.3m in diameter, 0.3m high and up to 1.4m wide. The entrance is to the NE, around 1.5m wide, featuring the slight remains of an out-turned bank on the southern side.

The area now to be scheduled is circular on plan, approximately 35m in diameter. This scheduling includes the features described above, as well as an area within which evidence for the construction and use of the site is likely to survive, as marked on the accompanying map extract in red.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of highland prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to a number of other potentially contemporary monuments. Together they provide the opportunity for the history of the landscape to be explored.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is referred to as one of two hut circles (hut circle A) by RCAHMS as NC46SE 3.

References:

RCAHMS 1911, SECOND REPORT AND INVENTORY OF THE MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF SUTHERLAND, Edinburgh, 55. No. 161.

Sabine K 1980, 'Durness, hut circles', DISCOVERY EXCAV SCOT 19.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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