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Druim Dubh,stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.1857 / 58°11'8"N

Longitude: -6.4548 / 6°27'17"W

OS Eastings: 138251

OS Northings: 930534

OS Grid: NB382305

Mapcode National: GBR B7G2.S7B

Mapcode Global: WGY33.TJG3

Entry Name: Druim Dubh,stone circle

Scheduled Date: 15 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5504

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone circle or ring

Location: Lochs

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Traditional County: Ross-shire

Description

The monument consists of an elliptical ring of fallen standing stones, partly peat-covered, standing on a low, flat-topped, hillock just N of the A859 public road.

The ring contains 16 stones, evenly spaced around the perimeter of an ellipse 28m by 21m overall. Nine of the stones are buried beneath peat while the seven visible stones were formerly peat-covered, and have been revealed by peat-cutting. There are remains of sockets with packing stones beside most of the stones, supporting the contention that they were at one time erect.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle, 65m ENE-WSW by 60m transversely, bounded on the SE by the public road and on the SW by a track. This includes the stone setting and an area around in which traces of other prehistoric constructions may survive below the peat. The area is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of only 10 megalithic rings in the Western Isles. Its complement of stones appears to be complete, although fallen, and their sockets and packing, together with whatever other features may lie concealed below the peat, offer an unusual opportunity to investigate the construction and subsequent dismantling of a slighted site which has lain undisturbed since the growth of peat in the area (perhaps around 1000 BC).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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