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Bagh na h-Uamha,cave,Mullach Ard,Rum

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 56.9958 / 56°59'44"N

Longitude: -6.2449 / 6°14'41"W

OS Eastings: 142286

OS Northings: 797419

OS Grid: NM422974

Mapcode National: GBR BBZ7.6B2

Mapcode Global: WGY91.1FH9

Entry Name: Bagh na h-Uamha,cave,Mullach Ard,Rum

Scheduled Date: 5 March 1996

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6328

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: cave

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument consists of a shell midden and other deposits in a south-south-east facing cave which has an excellent prospect of the Sound of Rum.

The shallow cave is formed from an overhang of rock which shelters an uneven rocky floor about 9m in diameter. This floor is just over 8m above high tide mark. The shell midden is partly exposed and a hearth was recorded during an earlier visit. The hearth was associated with bones of sheep, deer, horse, seal and sea birds, together with large numbers of shell fish valves.

A 13th-Century Norse draughtsman or playing piece was also found within the cave and may help to date the midden. However, there is also a good probablity of Mesolithic occupation buried under later middens within this cave.

The area to be scheduled is a circle measuring 35m in diameter, which includes the cave and and area around in which traces of activities associated with the occupation of the cave may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential contribution to an understanding of the Medieval occupation of Rum. It may also contain Mesolithic occupation and, if so, would have an interesting relationship with the Mesolithic site at Farm Fields, Kinloch. The cave is likely to contain important deposits relating to the past economy and environment of human populations on Rum.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 49 NW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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