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The Dasses

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<b>The Dasses</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (10.10.10)
Nearest Town:Edinburgh (3km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   NT27477326 / Sheet: 66
Latitude:55° 56' 48.5" N
Longitude:   3° 9' 41.35" W

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From the rocks below and to the north of the summit, I hope to be able to see a line of six (yes, SIX) hut circles shown on the Ordnance Survey map along a rocky ridge above the forbidding sounding Hunter’s Bog. But the aerial view offers nothing, so I head down the steep path to the ridge to investigate further. The location is great, with good views and a flat surface. But of hut circles I can find nothing. Not even one, let alone the six that the map promises. There are some stones scattered about, protruding through the grass, but that’s about it. I spend a while walking up and down, sure that either I’m not in the right place or that sooner or later I’ll find something, but still nothing. Failed notes it is for this one. [I’m slightly relieved when I get home to find that the RCAHMS 1998 visit was similarly unable to find any hut circles here. Perhaps we’re all looking in the wrong place?] thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
14th August 2012ce


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The mystery of the vanishing hut circles. From Canmore:

There is a row of six hut circles, varying in diameter from 16'-25', and occupying a space just under 50 yards in length, on the second highest of the Dasses.
Stevenson (1949) also notes another hut circle, 25'-30' in diameter, at the head of the lowest of the Dasses.
R B K Stevenson 1949; RCAHMS 1951.

A row of six hut circles with annexes, generally as described in previous information. The hut noted by Stevenson could not be located.
Visited by OS (S F S) 8 December 1975.

There is nothing to suggest the presence of a row of six hut-circles at this location. All that can now be seen are scatters of tumbled stones and boulders, some of which are earthfast.
Visited by RCAHMS (ARG), 15 December 1998
NMRS, MS/726/96 (37-8, no. 12); RCAHMS 1999.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
22nd December 2010ce