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Field Visit

Date 2007

Event ID 615662

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


NL 9410 4085 Balephuil Bay Megalithic tomb situated on the eastern slopes of Beinn Ceann A’Mhara, overlooking the bay to the SE and the expanse of machair and Loch a’ Phuil to the E. The tomb can be described as an earth-fast dolmen, constructed by suspending a c2m² granite capstone on top of a granite side slab, with the natural gneiss outcrop serving as the opposite side slab. The space between the

back of the capstone and inward-sloping bedrock was filled with a series of wedged in beach pebbles, which additionally prove the artificial origin of the monument. The interior is filled with windblown sand, which also covers the back of the capstone. The granite megaliths (glacial erratics) were probably brought to Tiree from Mull or Rum.

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