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South Uist, Gortan

Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Site Name South Uist, Gortan

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 10132

Site Number NF81SW 1

NGR NF 8103 1434

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish South Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF81SW 1 8103 1434.

NF 809 144 - Tota Mhor na Leacaich, near Gortan. A possibly chambered cairn about 50 feet diameter and 5 to 6 feet high, standing at a height of 300ft OD. A late 19th century building has been inserted at the north sector. Some slabs measuring 4ft by 2ft suggest the chamber capstones of a neolithic chambered tomb.

Information in telecommunication from I A Crawford, School of Scottish Studies, to OS 26 May 1965.

NF 8103 1434 The top of a natural green knoll is covered by a mass of stones measuring c.19.0m NE-SW by c.16.0m transversely with a maximum height of c.1.3m. In the northern half of the mass of stones are the remains of a sub-rectangular building. There is no visible evidence of a chamber or passage. Attached to the SW edge of the mound are the fragmentary remains of a later enclosure with at least two shielings nearby.

Visited by OS (W D J) 14 June 1965.


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