Thursday, 9 June 2011

Highland Folk Museum - 34

Here we have a splendid view of the Baile Gean Township.

Survey of the Raitts site has revealed over thirty main structures. These include dwellings both with and without integral byres (cattle bays), barns, corn drying 'kiln barns', enclosures including possibly some for the overnight housing of cattle being driven south, and the 'head dyke', a wall of alternating layers of turf and stone that defined the township boundary.

As a generalisation, most domestic building doorways faced south to maximise the heat and light from the sun. Some buildings had no windows and smoke from a central hearth escaped through an opening in the roof.

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