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Eilean Domhnuill,settlement,Loch Olabhat

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

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Latitude: 57.65 / 57°38'59"N

Longitude: -7.4554 / 7°27'19"W

OS Eastings: 74696

OS Northings: 875333

OS Grid: NF746753

Mapcode National: GBR 78ZH.PZH

Mapcode Global: WGV1R.GZ1B

Entry Name: Eilean Domhnuill,settlement,Loch Olabhat

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5238

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: island structure, not definitely a crannog

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 an island settlement of Neolithic date, together with the causeway which links it to the shore of Loch Olabhat. Although superficially reduced to a low mound by recent excavations, Eilean Domhnuill stil retains, in its lower, waterlogged, portions, extensive evidence of a late Neolithic settlement, including the remains of a succession of houses.

This settlement has proved particularly rich in decorated pottery, and the waterlogged conditions promise good preservation of much perishable evidence usually lost by decay. The island is 25m by 20m, and is attached to

the shore by a boulder causeway running from its SW corner for 45m. The area to be scheduled is marked in red on the attached plan. It is defined by a circle diameter 45m centred on the centre of the island and an attached strip 10m wide centred on the causeway, and includes the loch bed within these boundaries.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for the evidence it contains, accessible to excavation, for settlement and ceramic manufacture during the late Neolithic period. Its importance is enhanced by the presence of deep, waterlogged, deposits in which much perishable organic evidence will survive, with the potential to illuminate normally unrepresented aspects of artefact manufacture and environmental interaction.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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