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Dun na Buail'uachdraich,dun

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

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Latitude: 57.3905 / 57°23'25"N

Longitude: -7.3656 / 7°21'56"W

OS Eastings: 77760

OS Northings: 846073

OS Grid: NF777460

Mapcode National: GBR 8965.WM2

Mapcode Global: WGV34.THRP

Entry Name: Dun na Buail'uachdraich,dun

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1991

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5013

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: dun

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 the remains of a later prehistoric fortified settlement, a dun, situated on a rise in marshy ground but prior to drainage on a small loch island. The dun is 17m in average diameter, measured over drystone walls which are up to 4m thick. Much of the northern circuit of walling has been reduced to its foundations, but in the S it stands up to 1.4m high. The entrance appears to have been in the NE. The area to be scheduled is 35m in diameter, to include the dun and the area immediately around it, within which other remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a fine example of a late prehistoric defensive settlement. Its waterlogged situation will have enhanced the presentation potential of organic archaeological deposits, giving this monument a higher than average value as a source of information regarding domestic life during the later Iron Age.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 74 NE 5.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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