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Loch a'Bharp,chambered cairn 1200m SSW of Beinn-ri-Oitir

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1705 / 57°10'13"N

Longitude: -7.3338 / 7°20'1"W

OS Eastings: 77747

OS Northings: 821468

OS Grid: NF777214

Mapcode National: GBR 898R.ZM1

Mapcode Global: WGW5G.91YC

Entry Name: Loch a'Bharp,chambered cairn 1200m SSW of Beinn-ri-Oitir

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5178

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

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

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

Description

The monument consists of a chambered burial cairn of Neolithic date (4500-2000BC). It consists of a large mound of stones, surrounded by a kerb of large boulders 28m in diameter. The burial chamber lies in the S portion of the cairn, and is oval in plan. It was reached by a narrow entrance passage 2m in length, now blocked with fallen stone.

A spread of stone to the S of the cairn is later in date, and consists of the ruins of shielings built of stone quarried from the cairn. The area to be scheduled is circular, centred upon the cairn and 80m in diameter, to include the cairn and the later structures set around it, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as a fine example of a Neolithic burial place. Although the burial chamber has been dug into in the past, it may still contain archaeological remains, and the body of the cairn will seal below it deposits which could yield, to excavation, valuable information regarding the construction and use of funerary monuments and contemporary land-use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NF 72 SE 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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