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Craonaval,chambered cairn 480m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.5452 / 57°32'42"N

Longitude: -7.286 / 7°17'9"W

OS Eastings: 83875

OS Northings: 862892

OS Grid: NF838628

Mapcode National: GBR 88DS.9HZ

Mapcode Global: WGW3K.1MQ3

Entry Name: Craonaval,chambered cairn 480m NE of

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5243

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn, on low ground at the NE foot of Craonaval. The cairn has been disturbed, and has shielings built into it on the NW side. The original diameter varies from 14 to 17m. The entrance passage has been from the SSE, and 5 upright stones flanking a very large oval chamber protrude through the mound.

This cairn is one of a large local group on and around the low hill, Craonaval. The area to be scheduled is circular, 40m in diameter and centred on the chamber of the cairn, to include both the cairn and the adjacent shielings, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as one of a group of cairns, standing stones and stone circles in North Uist which represents an unusual concentration of prehistoric ritual sites, paralleled in the Western Isles only around Callanish. Although the chamber has been robbed, important evidence may survive, below the cairn, about its construction and use, and there is proven evidence of late Iron Age or later occupation (in the form of artefacts) from the shielings adjacent.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 SW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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