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Gro Ghot,cairn and shieling,Usinish

A Scheduled Monument in Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.2914 / 57°17'29"N

Longitude: -7.2176 / 7°13'3"W

OS Eastings: 85795

OS Northings: 834365

OS Grid: NF857343

Mapcode National: GBR 89KG.4VN

Mapcode Global: WGW4R.3ZBQ

Entry Name: Gro Ghot,cairn and shieling,Usinish

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5803

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain); Secular: shieling

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eirisgeigh agus Uibhist a Deas

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, into which has been set a relatively recent shieling hut.

The cairn has been disturbed on the surface, but may survive quite well beneath the later remains. It is 1.5m high and 9.5m in diameter. There is no trace of a chamber. Nearby peat is up to 1m deep, and there may be a buried kerb around the cairn: only slight hints of this are visible in the form of a few more substantial boulders at

the perimeter. A large sub-rectangular shieling has been built into the E side of the cairn's top, and is now itself ruined.

The area to be scheduled is circular, 32m in diameter, to include the cairn and shieling and an area around in which traces of their construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a rare example of a substantial round cairn in a largely undisturbed state, which is likely to contain burial deposits with the potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric burial practices. The overlying shieling is one of a group of structures in what is now a remote and deserted glen, and may contain information relating to the use of marginal land in the late-Medieval and early modern periods.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 83 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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