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Early Homes

By about 2,400BC Assynt’s people are likely to have adopted cereal production alongside livestock farming and their settlements are indicated by small clusters of Round Houses and associated enclosures, some of which can still be found in secluded places away from later agricultural development. 

 

There are also a few small burial cairns from this period and a number of burnt mounds which were probably used as sweat lodges and/or bathing sites. See Stronchrubie Burnt Mound. A bronze axe was found near Ledbeg in the late 18th century but its current whereabouts are unknown. From about 1500BC the climate declined, becoming colder and wetter with peat expansion. Settlement contracted and some areas were probably abandoned.