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Meilein,burial cairn 150m north west of

A Scheduled Monument in Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.0186 / 58°1'7"N

Longitude: -7.082 / 7°4'55"W

OS Eastings: 100026

OS Northings: 914574

OS Grid: NB000145

Mapcode National: GBR 87XJ.LYP

Mapcode Global: WGW1B.5QW6

Entry Name: Meilein,burial cairn 150m NW of

Scheduled Date: 9 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5339

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Harris

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Na Hearadh agus Ceann a Deas nan Loch

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a small burial cairn of probable Neolithic date (4500-2000BC). It is situated in a hollow between a hillock and an eroding shingle cliff on the peninsula of Meilein. The circular mound of stone which is partly turf covered measures 12m in diameter and is 0.4m high.

There are lazy-beds surrounding it but its shape, size and central position affording views to the NE and SW suggest that it is likely to be a burial cairn rather than a large clearance heap. The area to be scheduled is circular and has a maximum diameter of 30m to be centred on the cairn as shown in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a burial place of Neolithic date. It preserves undisturbed archaeological deposits that may, on excavation, increase our understanding of prehistoric ritual activity and tomb construction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 01 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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