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North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist

<b>North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist</b>Posted by shacmhDun Na Carnaich © cole henley
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  • Uibhist a' Tuath
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Aird a' Mhorain Cup Marked Stone
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Airidh na h-Aon Oidche Chambered Cairn
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Ardnamonie Cairn(s)
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Barpa Langass Chambered Cairn
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Barpa Nam Feannag Chambered Cairn
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Beinn A'Charra Standing Stone / Menhir
Beinn Bhreac Cairn(s)
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Cailleacha Dubha Chambered Cairn
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Caravat Barp Chambered Cairn
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Carinish Stone Circle
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Carnan Nan Long Chambered Cairn
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Clach An T-sagairt Natural Rock Feature
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Clach Mhor A'che Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cladh Hallan Round Houses Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Clettraval Chambered Cairn
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Cnoc A' Chaisteal Souterrain
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Craonaval Chambered Cairn
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Craonaval North Chambered Cairn
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Cringravel Cairn(s)
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Crois Chnoca Breaca Standing Stone / Menhir
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Crois Mhic Jamain Standing Stones
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Dun an Sticir Broch
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Dun Ban Stone Fort / Dun
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Dun Buidhe Broch
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Dun Na Carnaich Chambered Tomb
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Dun Trossary Chambered Cairn
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Geirisclett chambered cairn Chambered Cairn
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Grimsay Wheelhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Kilpheder Wheelhouse Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Leac Nan Cailleachan Dubha Standing Stones
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Loch Glen Na Feannag Chambered Cairn
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Maari Standing Stone / Menhir
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Na Fir Bhreige Standing Stones
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Oban Nam Fiadh Chambered Cairn
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Pobuill Fhinn Stone Circle
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Pollachar Standing Stone / Menhir
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Reineval Chambered Tomb
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Rubha Bhidein Stone Circle
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Sig More Chambered Cairn
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Sornach a' Phobuill Stone Circle
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South Clettraval Standing Stone / Menhir
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Stiaraval Chambered Cairn
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Suidheachadh Sealg Stone Circle
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Tigh a Ghearrhaidh Cist
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Tigh Cloiche Chambered Cairn
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Toroghas Standing Stones
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Ultach Fhinn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Uneval Chambered Cairn
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Leac A' Mhiosachan Burial Chamber


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'Incredibly rare' find in Western Isles prehistoric forest

Archaeologists have found evidence of early human activity at a submerged prehistoric forest in the Western Isles.

More info :
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
16th January 2019ce

3,500-year-old basket excavated at North Uist beach

From the BBC...

"An artefact thought to be 3,500 years old that was uncovered by the tide on a Western Isles beach has been excavated before being washed away.

The prehistoric basket was discovered in an area of shoreline where the sea has been eroding the land at Baleshare in North Uist... continues...
1speed Posted by 1speed
14th November 2014ce

History Dig Debris An Eyesore No More

Uist volunteers clear up former archaelogy site.

With the offering thread in full swing, archeaologists sometimes leave things lying about as well.

Published 1/06/2010.
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
1st June 2010ce

Dig at Ruins Uncovered by Storm

Archaeologists are excavating the remains of houses believed to date back 2,000 years after they were uncovered by a ferocious storm.
Fife-based charity Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (Scape) is leading a community project at the site on North Uist... continues...
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
27th June 2007ce
Edited 27th June 2007ce

Iron Age chamber found under tractor

An underground chamber undisturbed since the Iron Age was revealed on North Uist when a 10ft hole opened beneath the wheel of a tractor.

Full article can be seen at The Herald's website.
Hob Posted by Hob
4th September 2006ce
Edited 4th September 2006ce

'Mummies' found at Cladh Hallan

Robin McKie, science editor
Sunday March 16, 2003
The Observer

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of two embalmed humans, providing the first proof that ancient Britons made mummies of their kings and queens... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th March 2003ce
Edited 30th August 2007ce


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There are several big Kairnes of Stone on the East-side this Island [ South Uist ], and the Vulgar retain the antient Custom of making a Religious Tour round them on Sundays and Holidays.
From 'A description of the Western Islands of Scotland' by M. Martin, 2nd edition, 1716.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2016ce

Folklore connecting the stones with the Fianna: I'm not sure which particular sites might be referred to but you may know specifically?
Here in S. Uist are places which we call 'Sorrachd Choire Fhinn.' Up yonder on the hillside are four great stones upon which they set their great kettle, and there are plenty of other places of the same kind. (The square is made with four large flat stones on edge, the sides being set N.S.E.W., five feet by three, inside the oblong. Near this monument are several fallen menhir, tall standing stones.)

The standing stones which you may see in these islands we call Ord Mhaoraich or Ord Bharnaich, bait hammers or limpet hammers. People say that they used these to knock off limpets and pound shells, as we use stones now; but that I do not believe. They say that one of them threw one from the shore up to the hillside near the north end of South Uist, but that cannot be true.
From 'The Fionn Saga' by George Henderson, in 'The Celtic Review' July 15th 1905.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2009ce
Edited 15th December 2009ce

This folklore refers to South Uist, and is from Martin's 'Description of the Western Isles of Scotland' (a tour which he undertook in 1695). It's a shame but I cannot work out where Gleann 'Slyte' must be.
There are several big cairns of stone on the east side this island, and the vulgar retain the ancient custom of making a religious tour round them on Sundays and holidays.

There is a valley between two mountains on the east side called Glenslyte, which affords good pasturage. The natives who farm it come thither with their cattle in the summer time, and are possessed with a firm belief that this valley is haunted by spirits, who by the inhabitants are called the great men; and that whatsoever man or woman enters the valley without making first an entire resignation of themselves to the conduct of the great men will infallibly grow mad. The words by which he or she gives up himself to these men's conduct are comprehended in three sentences, wherein the glen is twice named, to which they add that it is inhabited by these great men, and that such as enter depend on their protection.

I told the natives that this was a piece of silly credulity as ever was imposed upon the most ignorant ages, and that their imaginary protectors deserved no such invocation. They answered that there had happened a late instance of a woman who went into that glen without resigning herself to the conduct of these men, and immediately after she became mad, which confirmed them in their unreasonable fancy.
The book is on line at the Appin Regiment site, here:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st October 2007ce
Edited 21st October 2007ce

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Grimsay Wheelhouse (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Links

The Lost Wheelhouses of Uist

Link to small book mentioned in greywether's field notes.

The Lost Wheelhouses of Uist - a guide to some of the excavated wheelhouses of North & South Uist
thelonious Posted by thelonious
25th August 2017ce

Clach Mhor A'che (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Folklore

You can see some pictures of the stone on Canmore.
There is another [stone] at the Key, opposite to Kirkibast, 12 foot high: the Natives say that Delinquents were ty'd to this Stone in time of Divine Service.
From 'A description of the Western Islands of Scotland' by M. Martin, 2nd edition, 1716.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
15th December 2016ce

Cladh Maolrithe (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

As you cross the causeway over to Berneray there is a hill right in front of you, a small modern cairn crowns its summit. Park, jump fence, go up, pass little cairn and the standing stone is quite visible, at 8ft6 you wont miss it.
A mucho complicato place this(that's Italian, don't ask me why), the stone is tall and fine and by shape almost stolen from Stenness, hoary moss and yellow lichen occupy the upper half of it, fantastic views of distant hills and white sandy beaches.
Now the complicato, right next to the menhir is a rectangular structure, canmore says it's a very old chapel, they also have an aerial picture showing the stone and chapel sitting in a large oval/squarish enclosure, apparently an old burial ground, they then go on to call the whole structure a Cashel, like what they have in Ireland.
Then they say that part of the enclosure wall could once have been a cairn.
So there was much going on here over a long period of time, which is nice.
Just over the hill is a possible chambered cairn, it's not on my map but i'm still kicking myself for not having the time or the wits to find it.
This is very a nice place, we lay down among the wild flowers and watched birds and flying insects whooshing about, rested our heads on the chapel wall, of course we didnt know it at the time.

Something interesting , no funny, is at the bottom of the hill, The Ardmaree stores forecasting stone, a rock on a string.
postman Posted by postman
7th August 2016ce

Cladh Maolrithe (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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7th August 2016ce

Crois Mhic Jamain (Standing Stones) — Fieldnotes

The two big stones that one immediately sees are not the standing stones your looking for, they are there only to confuse us, and they do a good job of it. The two standing stones are the ones on the mounds, conjoined mounds no less, from the road the stone on the right is still up and the one on the left is having a lie down.
So I think Carl did find and see the stones, he just didn't believe in himself.
Not much else you can say about them, they're small, probably best to go across to Berneray and have a look at Cladh Maolrithe standing stone, it's a good one.
postman Posted by postman
7th August 2016ce

Crois Mhic Jamain (Standing Stones) — Images

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7th August 2016ce
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