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Leacach an Tigh Cloiche,chambered cairn,standing stone and house

A Scheduled Monument in Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 57.578 / 57°34'40"N

Longitude: -7.355 / 7°21'18"W

OS Eastings: 80041

OS Northings: 866852

OS Grid: NF800668

Mapcode National: GBR 887P.MXS

Mapcode Global: WGV25.ZSSJ

Entry Name: Leacach an Tigh Cloiche,chambered cairn,standing stone and house

Scheduled Date: 24 January 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5881

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: house; Prehistoric ritual and funerary: chambered cairn

Location: North Uist

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath

Traditional County: Inverness-shire


The monument consists of a prehistoric chambered burial cairn on the SW flank of Uneval. The cairn was later re-used in the Iron Age as a dwelling-place.

The cairn, which was partly excavated in 1935 and 1939, was approximately rectangular on plan, but few traces of the peristalith or kerb survive. It contained a rectangular chamber. During the Iron Age a small round-house was built on the NE part of the cairn and this utilised the cairn chamber as a cooking place.

Excavation of parts of the site recovered pottery of Neolithic, Early Bronze Age and Iron Age date, and there were substantial areas left excavated. A large upright stone, some 8m SW of the nearest point of the kerb of the cairn and standing some 3m tall, was probably either part of the cairn or associated with it.

The area to be scheduled is a square of side 80m, aligned N-S and centred on the cairn, to include the cairn, house, standing stone and an area around in which traces of activity associated with their 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 a fine example of a Neolithic burial place re-used for Iron Age habitation, a phenomenon which is not uncommon in N Scotland. The monument has been partly excavated, but still contains material which could provide important information about Neolithic and Iron Age architecture and economy, and about Neolithic ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NF 86 NW 4.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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