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Benbecula, Rossinish

Cist (Period Unassigned), Cremation(S) (Period Unassigned), Midden(S) (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)

Site Name Benbecula, Rossinish

Classification Cist (Period Unassigned), Cremation(S) (Period Unassigned), Midden(S) (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Rosinish; Roisinis

Canmore ID 10196

Site Number NF85SE 4

NGR NF 8728 5380

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

NF85SE 4 8728 5380.

NF 873 537 Rossinish, Benbecula. Many early horizons have been recently revealed by wind erosion in a large isolated machair hillock. At a low level and endangered by the sea is a complex burial site of cremation pits, slab cist, and at least one beehive tomb. Skeletal material and pottery were found.

Mr Peter Morrison, Grimsay, reported this site and a rescue operation was carried out here in August (1964) on behalf of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

I A Crawford 1964.

The only remaining significant feature at this site is the remains of a small, almost circular, yard, about 2.5m in diameter by 0.3m high, at NF 8728 5380, around which there are numerous middens.

Visited by OS (R D) 8 June 1965.

No conclusions as yet, but provisional dating is Neolithic Beaker period.

Information in telecommunication from I A Crawford, School of Scottish Studies.

NF 8724 5381 Decorated and plain Iron Age pottery found 4th September 1999. Site identified during a desk-based coastal zone assessment by GUARD.

David Sneddon, 2006.


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