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Morven Burn, hut circle 1200m NNW of Wagmore

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2218 / 58°13'18"N

Longitude: -3.7056 / 3°42'20"W

OS Eastings: 299909

OS Northings: 927161

OS Grid: NC999271

Mapcode National: GBR K66Z.Z6B

Mapcode Global: WH5D6.1LPY

Entry Name: Morven Burn, hut circle 1200m NNW of Wagmore

Scheduled Date: 15 August 1974

Last Amended: 10 May 2000

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3444

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Latheron

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wick and East Caithness

Traditional County: Caithness


The monument consists of a hut circle on a SW-facing slope in open moorland about 120m NE of the Morven Burn. A small burn, un-named on the Ordnance Survey map, passes close to the hut circle, to its NW. This monument is being re-scheduled to rectify an error in the map accompanying the recent (1993) rescheduling.

The hut circle is peat-covered and measures about 7m in diameter with a wall spread to about 2m. The inner wall face is exposed in the N arc and the entrance is to the S. There are no clear traces of later cultivation in the vicinity of the hut circle. A later shelter has been erected in the N part of the hut. This is about 5m E-W by 4m N-S and utilizes the wall of the hut circle on the E side and is built with stone from the hut.

The area to be scheduled is 40m in diameter, to include the hut circle and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and occupation of the hut may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

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 architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NC92NE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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