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Foshigarry,settlement

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.6586 / 57°39'30"N

Longitude: -7.4643 / 7°27'51"W

OS Eastings: 74240

OS Northings: 876330

OS Grid: NF742763

Mapcode National: GBR 78YH.5VJ

Mapcode Global: WGV1R.9RTQ

Entry Name: Foshigarry,settlement

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Last Amended: 17 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5241

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house; Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The ruined recent croft buildings at Foshigarry partially overlie an extensive Iron Age settlement, consisting of at least one large aisled house, two smaller round houses, four small sub-rectangular foundations and a souterrain.

Although these known structures were excavated in the period 1914-19, sufficient remains of their structure, and of surrounding and underlying deposits which form a substantial mound, to suggest that further structures and much archaeological evidence is still concealed within the site.

The area to be scheduled is defined by the coast on the NE side and by the base of the large mound on which the later buildings sit, an area extending 110m NW-SE by 85m NE-SW, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a proven major settlement site of Iron Age and later date which still contains much evidence, accessible to excavation, regarding both the development of local architecture from the Iron Age into the early historic period and the domestic economy of that period. It is of particular significance as an undefended settlement in a region where defensive structures are the norm, at least during the earlier part of this time-span.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NF 77 NW 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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