MHG61344 - Hut circle - Uig South (12)


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.

139487 862102 Uig S 12 JAN070: 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 720m from JAN070. The surrounding landscape is heather covered with some grass; inside the structure vegetation is bracken and grass. The site is 20m from a stream and 1000m from the sea at Uig Bay. Views are panoramic to land and sea. The platform is on a natural terrace in a gentle west facing slope. The structure is in poor condition and the site has been encroached on by the recent development of a road, 30m to the east, associated with a new quarry, 25m to the east. Part of the ring bank, the wall facings and some stones were visible. There are several small stone enclosures on the western edge of the site. Measurements of the HC are approximate; average inner diameter is 9.5m, outer diameter is 11.5m. The double skinned wall is 1.5m thick with maximum height 0.3m. No entrance was discernable. JAN070 is 250m 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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Grid reference Centred NG 3948 6211 (24m by 24m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG36SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish SNIZORT

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