MHG57886 - Building, Runival
Type and Period (1)
- BUILDING (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
- None recorded
Runival lies on the exposed outwash fan of the Allt Raonabhal, another destructive burn which descends through steep ground that has seen land slip in recent years. The outwash appears to have drifted eastwards somewhat as it juts out into Loch Hourn. Runival was crofted until the 1920’s, which certainly shows in the evidence of previous land management and the buildings. There is a substantial dwelling house still in occupation.
This area was recorded by NOSAS in 2004 as part of an archaeological survey of Inner Loch Hourn. Some 30 sites were identified many associated with the crofting activity, housing for animals etc. There is no evidence of any lazy bed cultivation, but plenty of evidence of working the land in small plots drained by small open ditches, some of which are still being maintained. There are several sections of cleared beaches, boat nausts and boat pull ups, giving the impression that fishing and boat work was an important element of life here. To what extent people living here got involved in the seasonal herring or other fishing is not clear but it could have been considerable.
Site 578. The remains of a rectangular building, 7.5m EW x 3.5m, with 2 compartments. Entrance in E gable 1.0m wide, walls mortared, faced stonework. E compartment has a concrete floor with a 0.6m wide channel. Assumed that the W compartment also concreted but it has been invaded by brambles, plus debris. No roof timbers, but old slates stacked internally. Possibly a former byre. <1>
NGR adjusted based on 1999-2001 APs <2>
<1> Wombell, J., 2004, A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS, p.28 Site 578 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25084.
<2> Get Mapping, 1999-2001, Get Mapping colour vertical aerial photography 1999-2001 (The Millennium Map) (Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical). SHG27491.
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wombell, J.. 2004. A Report on the Archaeological Survey of Inner Loch Hourn and Barrisdale Bay by Members of NOSAS. North of Scotland Archaeological Society. Digital. p.28 Site 578.
- <2> Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 1999-2001. Get Mapping colour vertical aerial photography 1999-2001 (The Millennium Map). XY
|Grid reference||Centred NG 9105 0671 (11m by 9m)|
|Geographical Area||SKYE AND LOCHALSH|
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