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Wag Hill,prehistoric settlement 1300m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Wick and East Caithness, Highland

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Latitude: 58.2764 / 58°16'34"N

Longitude: -3.504 / 3°30'14"W

OS Eastings: 311887

OS Northings: 932954

OS Grid: ND118329

Mapcode National: GBR K6QV.FMD

Mapcode Global: WH5D3.47PL

Entry Name: Wag Hill,prehistoric settlement 1300m NE of

Scheduled Date: 30 June 1939

Last Amended: 17 May 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM600

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 Post Medieval settlement which consists of a range of structures. These include 5 rectangular houses, 6 small oval shielings and 8 other irregular foundations, possibly shielings. The buildings vary in size from 3m across to 15m by 3.5m and survive in a variety of conditions which may indicate a fairly long period of occupation. There is also a stone-built sheepfold 14m in diameter to the S of the site. This settlement would appear to represent part of a 'cottar town', many of which were destroyed during the clearances of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The area to be scheduled measures a maximum of 300m N-S and 240m E-W, to include the buildings and an area around them in which traces of activities associated with their use will survive, as shown in red on the attached plan. A recent forestry track and adjacent tipping is excluded from the area to be scheduled.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric settlement and land use. This site incorporates important information on the domestic life and economic organisation of a prehistoric community. In addition the building contain evidence of prehistoric domestic architecture.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number ND 13 SW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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