Lynchat, souterrain 550m WNW of, KingussieSM925
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- Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement (if not assigned to any more specific type); souterrain, earth-house
- Local Authority
- NH 77671 1947
- 277671, 801947
This monument consists of a very well preserved prehistoric souterrain (underground passage) and surrounding setlement remains, located on sloping ground. The souterrain is already scheduled, but this proposal extends the protected area to include the surrounding remains.
The souterrain is U-shaped in form and entirely subterranean. It is about 25m long and has an entrance in the NW. The entrance area is largely infilled but the lintel of the entrance passage is still visible. The central section has lost its roofing slabs and parts of the side walls, but the N end of the souterrain retains its roof. The passage is around 1.3m wide and up to 2.2m high. The walls and roof of the structure are very substantial. Traces of earthworks in the area around the souterrain may relate to a settlement site contemporary with its use.
The area to be scheduled is rectangular on plan, aligned N-S and measures 55m E-W by 60m N-S, to include the souterrain, earthworks around it and an area beyond in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the souterrain may survive.
Statement of National Importance
This monument is of national importance as a very substantial and well preserved souterrain, which has the potential to enhance considerably our understanding of prehistoric domestic life and architectural practice.
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