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Airigh nan Seilicheag,chambered cairn 1300m SSE of Marrogh

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

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Latitude: 57.5979 / 57°35'52"N

Longitude: -7.2973 / 7°17'50"W

OS Eastings: 83660

OS Northings: 868794

OS Grid: NF836687

Mapcode National: GBR 88CM.Y3T

Mapcode Global: WGW3B.W987

Entry Name: Airigh nan Seilicheag,chambered cairn 1300m SSE of Marrogh

Scheduled Date: 9 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5246

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. The cairn is situated towards the SE end of a spur on the W side of Loch Scadavay. It is elongated WNW to ESE, and has been over 30m long, although much of the cairn material from the ESE end has been robbed to build shielings nearby.

At the W end, which reaches over 2m in height, a passage leads into an iregularly rectilinear chamber 4.1m by 3.6m.

The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 100m WNW-ESE by 60m transversely, to include the cairn and an area around it in which evidence for its former extent, construction and use may survive.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the evidence it displays of variety in the funerary traditions of the Neolithic, being a rare long cairn in an area rich in round cairns. It may have undisturbed chamber deposits, which, together with the soil underlying the cairn, would upon excavation furnish important evidence for Neolithic funerary practices and contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 NW 8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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