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TITLE
Underground Houses
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_1860-1862_P437
PLACENAME
Strathdon
DISTRICT
Alford
DATE OF IMAGE
1862
PERIOD
1860s
CREATOR
W & A K Johnston
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31532
KEYWORDS
houses
dwellings
passages
eirde houses
Underground Houses

Earth houses (underground houses or souterrains) in this area are all made in a similar way. They have a long, low, narrow and curved tunnel. In some case the curve of the tunnel is almost a right angle. The houses are built from dry, undressed surface stones and the walls are made narrower towards the top until they can be roofed over by a massive lintel.

In these two earth houses at Glenkindie and Buchaam, well-built chimneys or smoke holes were found. This is strong evidence that these houses were almost certainly built to be lived in, possibly as winter dwellings.

This illustration can be found in vol. IV of the 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland', 1860-1862

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Underground Houses

1860s

houses; dwellings; passages; eirde houses

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

Earth houses (underground houses or souterrains) in this area are all made in a similar way. They have a long, low, narrow and curved tunnel. In some case the curve of the tunnel is almost a right angle. The houses are built from dry, undressed surface stones and the walls are made narrower towards the top until they can be roofed over by a massive lintel. <br /> <br /> In these two earth houses at Glenkindie and Buchaam, well-built chimneys or smoke holes were found. This is strong evidence that these houses were almost certainly built to be lived in, possibly as winter dwellings.<br /> <br /> This illustration can be found in vol. IV of the 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland', 1860-1862