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Gress Cemetery,souterrain

A Scheduled Monument in Loch a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.2906 / 58°17'26"N

Longitude: -6.283 / 6°16'58"W

OS Eastings: 149086

OS Northings: 941543

OS Grid: NB490415

Mapcode National: GBR B6WT.6XB

Mapcode Global: WGY2M.GWB6

Entry Name: Gress Cemetery,souterrain

Scheduled Date: 5 October 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5740

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house

Location: Stornoway

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Loch a Tuath

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a souterrain, an Iron Age storehouse, situated beneath the roadside verge between the old and new courses of the B895 public road immediately to the E of Gress Cemetery.

The souterrain was discovered during roadworks in 1983. It consists of a narrow lintelled passage which branches part-way along its length. One branch of the passage runs NW, back under the old road and the adjacent cemetery, and is filled with deposits of probable mid-Iron Age date. The other branch, which runs WSW, was mainly empty upon discovery, and has been somewhat disturbed.

The open portion of the site has now been covered with sand, upon which grass has grown, and the passages are not accessible. The area to be scheduled comprises the NW portion of the grassed area between the old and new courses of the road, and measures a maximum of 70m NE-SW by 12.5m NW-SE, as marked in red on the accompanying plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a souterrain of Iron Age date which may contain undisturbed prehistoric deposits. It has the potential to provide information about Iron Age settlement and economy. Its importance is enhanced by its membership of a small group of adjacent souterrains of complex plan.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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