Sources

Books

  • C.E. Batey, 1993, ‘The Viking and late Norse graves of Caithness and Sutherland’, in C.E. Batey, J. Jesch & C.D. Morris, The Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney and the North AtlanticEdinburgh: 152.

Huna Archaeology

The following sites are recorded on Highland Council’s Historic Environment Record (HER)

  • MHG 1735 and MHG 39848 Site of Norse building and midden at ND 3592 7357 Drystone walling and midden material within a sand mound
  • MHG 2525 Mound, boat burial (ND 3599 7363; GPS: N 58° 38.738, W 003° 06.290) Above the high water mark approximately 220m west of the former Huna Hotel a possible boat grave was discovered in 1935. Curle discovered a piece of skull, rivets, timber, and a chain fragment. Nothing is now visible at the site, and this tantalising burial belongs in the ‘within 100m’ category. Stroma, South Ronaldsay (Orkney), and Gills Bay are all visible from the site, which is above a suitable spot for beaching boats.
  • MHG 1742 Mound, boat burial at ND 3610 7360. Probably an incorrect location and confused with the above site, now overlaid by recent building work and landscaping (1982)
  • MHG 1743 Mound, Norse walling at ND 3603 7365. Mound measuring 15m by 9.8m with exposed walling, but now obscured by modern rubbish dumping (1982)
  • MHG 1739 Banked enclosure at ND 3623 7352. Cropmark measuring 25m in diameter but no visible evidence on the ground

The first four of these sites occupy the crest of the rise from the shoreline to the west of Huna House, while the last is in the field to the NE of the field in which the present development is located.

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