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Uneval,souterrain and shielings east of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.5821 / 57°34'55"N

Longitude: -7.3413 / 7°20'28"W

OS Eastings: 80898

OS Northings: 867249

OS Grid: NF808672

Mapcode National: GBR 888P.873

Mapcode Global: WGW3B.6PDB

Entry Name: Uneval,souterrain and shielings E of

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5805

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: souterrain, earth-house; Secular: palace

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a souterrain beside a large settlement mound, on and about which are several shielings. It is located on gently-sloping ground to the E of Uneval and N of the NW arm of Loch Huna.

The souterrain is not accessible, but shows from above as a lintelled passage about 7m long and 1m wide. It lies on the NW flank of a substantial mound which may be the remains of a contemporary settlement, perhaps a wheelhouse, or (less likely) a chambered cairn. On top of the mound is a rectangular foundation, and another lies off the mound to the E.

Several small multi-compartment shieling huts lie to the S and E of the mound. The area to be scheduled is rectangular, 70m E-W by 50m N-S, to include the souterrain, mound and shielings, the souterrain lying in the NW part of the area proposed, which is marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a souterrain which appears not to have been entered in recent times and its associated above-ground settlement. Together these have the potential to provide information about Iron Age settlement and economy in an area which is now sub-marginal for agriculture, even the seasonal pastoral use of the locality which persisted for centuries, as evidenced by the variety of shieling huts of different type.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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