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ID:EHG4306
External Ref:Peinvraid 13
Name:Walkover survey - proposed Peinvraid Mini Hydro Schemes
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:Sept 2013

Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey were carried out in 2013 in advance of two new mini hydro-electricity schemes at Peinvraid, near Uig, Skye. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for the proposed development works and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified a number of new archaeological sites including post-medieval farmsteads, shielings, boundary dykes, a stone-built bridge and associated track revetments, and an area of rig and furrow cultivation. Mitigation measures were proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the proposed works. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Stone and turf head dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesMain waterfall on stream course for mini hydro scheme A (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView of settlement remains towards Lon Airighe Uige (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesVery degraded stone and turf dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesEntrance through stone dyke running up side of stream (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone bridge and revetted track with steel parapet (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView over three central stone-revetted cells of shieling mound (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView over shieling mound with track to left (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesTriple cell shieling mound with access gate beyond (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDouble cell shieling mound with stream below to left (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLarge shieling mound on NW side of Lon Airighe Uige (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLinear multi-cell shieling on E side of Lon Airighe Uige (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesVery degraded remains of stone and turf rectangular shieling (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView along escarpment and Glen Conon and Peinvraid (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView to head of Glen Conon and settlement remains (not in survey area) including farmsteads and enclosures (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone building attached  to SE side of enclosure dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView of the main waterfall on the Lon Airighe Uige (mini hydro scheme B) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView of the main waterfall on the Lon Airighe Uige (mini hydro scheme B) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesRectangular stone building (byre) with sheep creep built into the SSE wall (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesOblique view of stone-built byre with sheep creep in SSE-facing wall (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone-built rectangular house with attached kale yard or enclosure on far side (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView over major part of the Peinvraid settlement remains with the head of Glen Conon beyond (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView over major part of the Peinvraid settlement remains including houses, byres and enclosures,  with the head of Glen Conon beyond (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesMain waterfall on stream course for mini hydro scheme A (Lon Shobhar-airigh) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesUpper Glen Conon with survey area centred on the cliffs to the left of the telegraph pole (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesUpper Glen Conon with survey area centred on the cliffs to the left of the telegraph pole, and including the slopes to the left (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesUpper Glen Conon showing the landslip features and Castle Ewen, and the old settlement of Balnaknok (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesUpper Glen Conon showing the landslip features and Castle Ewen, and the old settlement of Balnaknok (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological Services

Reports

Report  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 3714 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 4244 6362 (1392m by 1078m)
Map Sheet:NG46SW
Civil Parish:SNIZORT
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Location:Peinvraid Mini Hydro Schemes

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S.. 2013. Mini Hydro Schemes at Peinvraid, near Uig, Skye: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Walkover Survey. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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