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Carnan a'Ghrodhair,souterrain

A Scheduled Monument in An Taobh Siar agus Nis, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.4927 / 58°29'33"N

Longitude: -6.272 / 6°16'19"W

OS Eastings: 151160

OS Northings: 963972

OS Grid: NB511639

Mapcode National: GBR B6W8.ZXQ

Mapcode Global: WGY1N.MSKT

Entry Name: Carnan a'Ghrodhair,souterrain

Scheduled Date: 21 May 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5395

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Barvas

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of an underground chamber or souterrain of late prehistoric date.

The structure was discovered when a small wartime shelter was being constructed. The chamber is reached through a narrow aperture in the floor of the shelter. This entrance is now impassable due to a build up of rubbish which partly blocks it. The chamber is circular, dome shaped and approximately 2.5m in diameter and 1.5m high. It is reached by a passageway approximately 3-4m long. Above ground, apart from the remains of the modern lookout post there is only a slight mound to indicate its location.

The area to be scheduled is circular and measures a maximum of 30m in diameter centred on the entrance of the souterrain, to include the souterrain and an area around in which traces of contemporary settlement may survive, 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 well preserved structure of late prehistoric date which through excavation has the potential to yield information about settlement, domestic activity, and landuse in the surrounding area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB56SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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