MHG5700 - Shieling huts - Gleann Charadail, Eigg


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Type and Period (1)

  • SHIELING HUT (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD)

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Full Description

Appearing occasionally along the whole length of the Abhuinn Gleann Charadail are groups of two or three shielings huts of both rectangular and circular forms.
Visited by OS 4 May 1972.

About 80m to the E of two mounds (EIGG01 1000 & 1001 - see MHG) are three huts on the W side of the Abhainn Gleann Charadail. The northernmost hut (1021), at NM46627 87363, measures 2.7m square between drystone, rubble-core walls that are 1m in thickness and 0.8m in height. The walls are comprised of upended slabs and a possible entrance is on the NE side. About 40m to the SW, on a natural rise at the rear of the terrace at the base of a crag, there is a hut (545) previously described by Cushion (1998 site 4). The hut is D-shaped on plan and measures 1.9m ENE-WSW by 1.6m transversely within stony banks that are 0.9m in thickness and 0.2m in height. The second mound described by Cushion at this hut is a natural mound with exposed bedrock. Finally, about 56m to the SE, at the foot of a steep, grassy E-facing scarp, there is a third hut (1020) that measures 4.5m by 3m within banks of boulders that are 1m in thickness and 0.4m in height. On the NE side wall there is a possible entrance and a possible pen.
EIGG01 545, 1020-1021
Visited by RCAHMS (ARG) 16 October 2002; (AGCH) 19 April 2002

NOTE: The three huts recorded during the 2002 survey by RCHAMS have been re-recorded by RCHAMS/HES under NM48NE 85.

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Grid reference Centred NM 4663 8728 (277m by 548m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM48NE
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

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