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Tarbert,settlement 1100m east of

A Scheduled Monument in Caol and Mallaig, Highland

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Latitude: 57.0593 / 57°3'33"N

Longitude: -6.5391 / 6°32'20"W

OS Eastings: 124908

OS Northings: 805631

OS Grid: NG249056

Mapcode National: GBR BB72.3LV

Mapcode Global: WGY8H.JTCM

Entry Name: Tarbert,settlement 1100m E of

Scheduled Date: 22 February 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5907

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: settlement

Location: Small Isles

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Caol and Mallaig

Traditional County: Argyllshire


This monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric settlement on a S-facing hill slope.

The settlement consists of three probable hut circles. The E example appears to be the remains of the footings of a substantial round building. An arc of contiguous earthfast blocks indicates the outer wall face to the S and W. Other earthfast stones are visible intermittently elsewhere, giving an overall diameter of 15.5m. The interior is turf-covered and slightly raised in places.

The SE arc is mutilated and there are indications of later ruinous structures having been built on the N, E and S arcs. About 65m to the WNW are the remains of 2 adjacent round houses. These are less substantial structures, each about 7m in diameter. A few traces of a stone wall are visible running W from the W structure.

The area to be scheduled measures 120m E-W by 55m N-S, to include the three round houses, the wall and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the settlement may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric domestic architecture and life. The E hut circle is a particularly substantial structure in comparison to the other hut circles on Canna.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NG 20 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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