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Bruthach an Tionail Ard,wheelhouse settlement,Kilpheder

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

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Latitude: 57.1559 / 57°9'21"N

Longitude: -7.406 / 7°24'21"W

OS Eastings: 73262

OS Northings: 820196

OS Grid: NF732201

Mapcode National: GBR 893T.2LB

Mapcode Global: WGV49.6DLK

Entry Name: Bruthach an Tionail Ard,wheelhouse settlement,Kilpheder

Scheduled Date: 21 October 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5158

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house

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 an extensive group of later Iron Age houses, of wheelhouse or aisled roundhouse type, together with associated minor structures and midden deposits. All are presently buried below shallow sand except for a now delapidated wheelhouse which was

partially excavated in 1951. This is surrounded by an old fence.

The area to be scheduled is an irregular polygon, of maximum N-S extent 50m and E-W extent 65m, with the fenced excavated area at its centre, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The recent fence is specifically excluded from this scheduling proposal.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a very rare well-preserved later prehistoric settlement with proven archaeological potential. Below its surface there are likely to be preserved deposits which, upon excavation, would significantly advance our knowledge of the domestic architecture and domestic economy of the inhabitants of this region in the early first millenium AD.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 72 SW 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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