Scheduled Monument

Firth View, settlement 1300m NW ofSM4728

Status: Designated

Documents

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The legal document available for download below constitutes the formal designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The additional details provided on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not form part of the designation. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within this additional information.

Summary

Date Added
13/03/1990
Last Date Amended
30/10/2002
Type
Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse; settlement (if not assigned to any more specific type)
Local Authority
Highland
Parish
Fodderty
NGR
NH 50833 62320
Coordinates
250833, 862320

Description

The monument comprises a group of four hut circles and an area around them containing evidence of agricultural activity. Two of the hut circles are already scheduled; this re-scheduling proposal extends protection to the other two and to a larger surrounding area.

The hut circles - the foundations for prehistoric timber houses - are loosely grouped together at around 250m OD on a SE-facing hillslope, overlooking upper Strath Sgitheach. The most easterly circle (which lies about 25m from the edge of a large forestry plantation) measures about 11m by 13m, with an entrance on the SSE side. Just over 100m to the NNE lies a second hut circle, of similar size but with no apparent entrance.

Some 180m to the NE of the first circle lie another two hut circles, only 1m apart, one about 12m by 9m with an entrance on the SSE, and the other about 17m by 15m with an entrance on the S. Around these hut circles, especially noticeable by the first (most easterly) circle, lies a scatter of small cairns of field-cleared stone, indicating contemporary agricultural activity.

The area now to be scheduled is an irregular oval, with a straight section on the WSW side, parallel to the edge of the forestry plantation. The area measures a maximum of 290m NE-SW by a maximum of 175m transversely, to include all four hut circles and an area around them scattered with small cairns, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Statement of National Importance

The monument is of national importance as a well-preserved late pre-historic settlement, which has the potential to provide information about prehistoric domestic and agriculture activities.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NH 56 SW 10.

About Scheduled Monuments

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Scheduling is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for monuments and archaeological sites of national importance as set out in the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

We schedule sites and monuments that are found to be of national importance using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Scheduled monument records provide an indication of the national importance of the scheduled monument which has been identified by the description and map. The description and map (see ‘legal documents’ above) showing the scheduled area is the designation of the monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979. The statement of national importance and additional information provided are supplementary and provided for general information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland accepts no liability for any loss or damages arising from reliance on any inaccuracies within the statement of national importance or additional information. These records are not definitive historical or archaeological accounts or a complete description of the monument(s).

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