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Dun Uiselan,dun and causeway

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

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Latitude: 57.3842 / 57°23'3"N

Longitude: -7.3644 / 7°21'51"W

OS Eastings: 77774

OS Northings: 845365

OS Grid: NF777453

Mapcode National: GBR 8966.HM3

Mapcode Global: WGV34.VN9K

Entry Name: Dun Uiselan,dun and causeway

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5120

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: crannog

Location: South Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

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

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


Dun Uislean is a small dun, probably of Iron Age date, upon an island (which may be artificial) in Loch Uislean. It is linked to the SE shore of the loch by a causeway. The dun is approximately 20m ENE-WSW by 16m transversely, and a possible entrance can be seen in the SE, where a partially submerged curving boulder causeway, 2m in width and 60m in overall length, gives access through the shallow loch from the shore.

The interior of the dun is obscured by the remains of a small rectangular structure of later date. The area to be scheduled is irregular, 35m E-W by 30m N-S to contain the entire surface area of the island on which the dun is sited plus an additional strip 20m wide and 60m long attached to its SE corner and centred upon the causeway, all as marked in red upon the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as an example of a typical defensive settlement of the later prehistoric period. Its importance is enhanced by its location in a site which will be largely waterlogged, giving a high likelihood of preservation of organic remains, accessible to excavation, which would do much to contribute to knowledge of more ephemeral aspects of contemporary domestic and defensive architecture and domestic and agricultural economy.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 74 NE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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