MHG61341 - Hut circle - Uig South (10)

Summary

A hut circle at Uig.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A hut circle at Uig.

139812 862701 Uig S 010 JAN068: 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 circular stone structures are scattered over a 1000m x 500m area of grazed drassland 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 370m from JAN068. The circular stone structure is 100m from a stream and 1000m from the sea at Uig Bay. The surrounding landscape and the interior of the structure is covered with a mixture of heather and grass. From the site there are panoramic views over land and sea. The structure is in good condition with wall facings and other stones, and the ring bank visible. A boulder boundary wall passes west and downslope of the HC, between BB707 and JAN068. The structure has average inner diameter 5.5m and outer diameter 7.9m. The sketch shows the upper east wall section revetted into the bank. The double skinned wall has thickness 1.2m with maximum height 1.0m. The definite entrance faces West. The passage width is 0.85m externally , 0.75m internally with length 1.3m. JAN068 is at a distance of 25m from BB707 (see MHG61340) and 500m from JAN069 (see MHG61342). <1> <2>

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

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Location

Grid reference Centred NG 3980 6271 (14m by 14m)
Map sheet NG36SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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