MHG61342 - Hut circle - Uig South (11)


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.

139526 862344 Uig S 11 JAN069: 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 490m from JAN069. The vegetation in and around the structure is grassland. The site is 20m from a stream and 800m from the sea at Uig Bay. Views are panoramic to land and sea. The platform sits on a natural terrace in a gentle west facing slope. The structure is in good condition with wall facings, ring bank and some stones visible. The east side of the double skinned wall has an infill of stones. Part of the west side is missing. Adjoining the HC is a boundary wall which could have incorporated the outer HC wall facing stones. The inner diameter averages 7.75m, the outer diameter is 10.35m. The double skinned wall thickness is 1.0m with maximum height 0.3m. The probable entrance faces West. JAN069 is 500m from JAN068 (see MHG61341). <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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Grid reference Centred NG 3951 6235 (18m by 18m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG36SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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