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Sgianailt,hut circles south east of

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

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Latitude: 58.2341 / 58°14'2"N

Longitude: -6.763 / 6°45'46"W

OS Eastings: 120535

OS Northings: 937155

OS Grid: NB205371

Mapcode National: GBR 96PY.WKW

Mapcode Global: WGX1N.29SG

Entry Name: Sgianailt,hut circles SE of

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5411

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: hut circle, roundhouse

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

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

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of four circular stone settings, and traces of a possible fifth, representing prehistoric house foundations.

The circles lie within 45m of each other, and have internal diameters of 3.1m, 4.0m, 6.0m and 6.8m. One has three courses of drystone walling surviving on the outer downslope side, while the others survive as rings of large stones protruding up to 30cm above the turf. They lie on the edge of a boggy hollow, which may once have been cultivable land.

The area to be scheduled is a rectangle 75m E-W by 60m N-S, to include the hut circles, the boggy hollow between them and an area around in which traces relating to their construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a relatively rare survival, in the Western Isles, of a type of unenclosed prehistoric settlement more typical of mainland Scotland. Excavation of the monument would offer the possibility of recovering information concerning the date and economy of the settlement and its status within the settlement hierarchy of the islands.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB23NW 7.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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