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Aitnoch,cairn,hut circle & field system 1400m SSE of

A Scheduled Monument in Nairn and Cawdor, Highland

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Latitude: 57.4239 / 57°25'26"N

Longitude: -3.6911 / 3°41'28"W

OS Eastings: 298539

OS Northings: 838327

OS Grid: NH985383

Mapcode National: GBR K973.CWL

Mapcode Global: WH5J2.8NKL

Entry Name: Aitnoch,cairn,hut circle & field system 1400m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1986

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4362

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: field or field system; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (t

Location: Edinkillie

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Nairn and Cawdor

Traditional County: Morayshire


The monument consists of a hut circle, cairn and field system. The hut circle is visible as a platform: a low flat topped knoll 8mm in diameter projecting from a gentle slope of SE aspect, near the SE edge of a field system marked by stone clearance heaps and some lynchets, with the fields averaging about 10m x 20m. Among the clearance heaps is a cairn 8m in diameter and about 0.5m high. It has a low kerb composed of slabs up to 0.8m long and best visible to the SE.

To the east, the ground falls to the Dorback Burn; to the SW it falls to the burn and then slopes on down to a large loch. To the WSW of the area is slightly improved pasture, now wet and rough, and beyond that is scrub woodland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is important as a well defined and self contained land use unit with co-occurring house, cairn and field systems. So far as the author is aware, no excavations of this type of round house have been published and its dating must rest on the kerbed cairn which is more likely to be of the 2nd millenium BC than the 1st millenium or 3rd millenia BC.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NH 93 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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