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Beinn Bheag,standing stone,cairns and shielings 500m SSE of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.2219 / 58°13'18"N

Longitude: -6.7323 / 6°43'56"W

OS Eastings: 122240

OS Northings: 935663

OS Grid: NB222356

Mapcode National: GBR 96RZ.YZT

Mapcode Global: WGX1N.KLCX

Entry Name: Beinn Bheag,standing stone,cairns and shielings 500m SSE of

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5499

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain); Secular: shieling

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

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

Traditional County: Ross-shire

Description

The monument consists of a standing stone and broken, displaced or buried portions of 7 more, plus sockets for at least 3 further stones, either removed or never emplaced, together with the remains of 2 burial cairns and a group of later shieling huts.

The single standing stone is 1.5m high, and lies on the SW side of an irregular oval which includes the stump of another standing stone and the fallen and peat-buried blocks which, together with the stone-lined sockets, make up what is clearly a deliberate arrangement, despite its irregularity of plan.

The setting occupies a gently sloping hillside platform with a wide prospect to W, S and E. The two cairns are 13m and 7m in diameter, located respectively 40m E and 20m S of the standing stone. There is a small circular setting, or possibly the kerb of a small cairn, to the S, at the foot of a rock outcrop.

In the S part of the area stones from the cairns, and possibly the setting, have been used to construct a group of shieling huts, themselves now ruinous. The area to be scheduled is a rectangle, 110m E-W by 95m N-S, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as an example of a rare type of field monument, an 'enclosure', or closed setting, which is not even approximately circular but which is clearly of megalithic character. Its importance is enhanced by its state of either partial destruction or, more probably, non-completion, and by the possibility of evidence surviving below the peat for the date, means of construction and intended plan of monument, and by its association with 2 of the more substantial cairns of the 20 or so within the Callanish area. The monument is also a member of the major Callanish group ('Callanish XI'), which is of extremely high importance for its potential to provide information relating to the date, nature and purpose of such megalithic assemblages.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NB 23 NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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