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Grianan,chambered cairn 550m south west of

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

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Latitude: 56.9822 / 56°58'56"N

Longitude: -7.473 / 7°28'22"W

OS Eastings: 67661

OS Northings: 801223

OS Grid: NF676012

Mapcode National: GBR 7BY8.7W4

Mapcode Global: WGV51.5RPQ

Entry Name: Grianan,chambered cairn 550m SW of

Scheduled Date: 6 September 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5097

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn; Secular: shieling

Location: Barra

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 chambered burial cairn of Neolithic date (c. 4000 to c. 2500 BC), over which much later shielings have been constructed. The chambered cairn is of the long type, 60m N-S and narrowing from 25m broad at the S to 10m at the N end. Very large boulders visible within the S part of the cairn mark the position of the burial chamber, but no other details of construction are visible.

Overlying the whole of the mound and extending beyond it are the ruinous remains of shielings and associated walling, mainly of relatively recent date. The area to be scheduled is a quadrilateral, 80m from N to S, 30m wide at the N end and 50m wide at the S end, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a relatively undisturbed, although ruined, example of a Neolithic burial place in an area where most similar sites have been plundered over the centuries. It will conceal important information, accessible to excavation, on prehistoric burial practices and funerary constructions, and will seal beneath it evidence for the pre-construction land-use and agricultural economy of the area. Taken with other nearby sites of the same and different date, there exists the potential to investigate a long sequence stretching from earliest agricultural settlement through to the present.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 60 SE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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