MHG61123 - Hut circle - Uig South (5)


A hut circle at Uig.

Type and Period (1)

  • HUT CIRCLE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)

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  • None recorded

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A hut circle at Uig.

139593 862824 Uig S 5 JAN066: The hut circle was visited by A Welti, A MacInnes, B Blackburn and M Wildgoose in 2018 as part of research for a dissertation on hut circles in Wester Ross. This was part of a degree course overseen by Aberdeen University. A cluster of 14 roundhouses are scattered over a 1000m x 500m area of grazed grassland at South Cuil, on slopes varying from gentle to steep, and all facing west over Uig Bay. Numerous field walls and enclosures, many of which appear ancient, indicate long term usage of this grazing land. A farm track runs NE/SW below most of the HC cluster and along the fairly level base of the sloping ground. A standing stone (MHG5772) which could indicate ritual activities, is at a distance of 150m from JAN066. This circular stone structure is sited on a platform slightly built up from a very gently slope and is in fair condition. The surrounding landscape is grassland as is the vegetation inside the structure. The site is 400m from a stream, 300m from the sea and has panoramic views to land and sea. The ring bank is visible as are a good number of inner facing stones. Internal diameter average 7.65m, external diameter is 9.25m. The double skinned wall is 0.8m thick with maximum height 0.5m. A definite entrance faces SW with passage width 1m both internally and externally, and passage length 1.5m measured on the south side. The entrance measurements were difficult to ascertain due to electricity pole stays. JAN066 is at a distance of 200m from JAN065 (see MHG61121). <1> <2>

[Note: a database was set up as part of research for the dissertation and was subsequently expanded as an extension of the We Digs Project (see website link below). The full access database can be made available to enquirers/researchers if requested - contact HER for details].

GIS spatial data created in 2019 according to location as seen on 2009 Aps. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NG 3958 6283 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG36SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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