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Loch Sgardam,burial chamber,Breasclete

A Scheduled Monument in Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.2256 / 58°13'32"N

Longitude: -6.7534 / 6°45'12"W

OS Eastings: 121035

OS Northings: 936165

OS Grid: NB210361

Mapcode National: GBR 96QZ.MGS

Mapcode Global: WGX1N.7JC1

Entry Name: Loch Sgardam,burial chamber,Breasclete

Scheduled Date: 24 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5877

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: Uig

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Sgir'Uige agus Ceann a Tuath nan Loch

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of a setting of boulders which may represent the chamber of an uncompleted or otherwise removed prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

The monument is set on a flat area in an enclosed basin, obscured from distant views by low hills. The stone setting consists of large boulders set on edge in thin soil, defining a central space some 2.05m long and 0.90 to 1.35m wide. The space widens to the SE, and this end lacks any defining boulders. The external measurements are 2.60m by 2.25m. The floor of the chamber seems to be paved, just

below turf level. There is no trace of an overlying cairn.

The area to be scheduled is a 30m square, oriented N-S, with its SW corner just inside a fenceline, to include the stone setting and an area around in which evidence relating to its construction and use may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as part of the major Callanish group of Neolithic ritual monuments, and may be of particular significance if, as it appears, it is an unfinished burial monument, as such sites are extremely rare.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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