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North Uist, Carinish, Caravat Barp

Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut (Period Unassigned)

Site Name North Uist, Carinish, Caravat Barp

Classification Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Chambered Cairn (Neolithic), Enclosure(S) (Period Unassigned), Hut (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Barpa; Carvat Barp; Bharpa, Carinish Inn

Canmore ID 10254

Site Number NF86SW 14

NGR NF 8367 6031

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NF86SW 14 8367 6031.

(NF 8367 6031) Barpa (NR)

OS 6" map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

The western half of Carvat Barp, a chambered cairn, has been little disturbed, but the eastern half much so, with buildings and enclosures built up against it. The length of the cairn (excluding the spread at the NE corner) is about 165ft: the width at the E end is c. 85ft with the sides narrowing to a point at the west end. A peristalith of split stones, set on their sides or ends, is traceable in places along the sides of the cairn.

At the east end there seems to have been a wide shallow forecourt, for a horn can be traced at the SE corner running to the SE.

The chamber, which has been entered from the east end, is indicated by six slabs and several large flat stones, which might be displaced corbel or roofing slabs.

A S Henshall 1972.

This chambered cairn is as described and planned by Henshall. A large circular stock enclosure abuts the east end of the cairn and several shielings and at least one rectangular building lie amongst the cairn material.

The shielings are generally hollows in the stones with no pretensions of walling. The cairn has an approximate height of 2.0m.

Surveyed at 1/10,560.

Visited by OS (W D J) 8 June 1965.

Scheduled as Bharpa, Carinish Inn, long cairn.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 28 February 2000.

This chambered long cairn is largely as described though the present growth of vegetation and the disturbance to the E end make it difficult to determine the shape and form of the horns and forecourt. At least two subrectangular buildings have been built into the NE end of the cairn, an oval hut has been built overlying the SW, and the walls of an enclosure embrace the E end of the cairn so that this forms one side of the enclosure’s perimeter. The chamber is located centrally towards the E end, defined by six slabs, but there is no indication of a passage leading to it from the forecourt.

Visited by RCAHMS (ARG, SPH) 31 August 2009

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Field Visit (31 August 2009)

This chambered long cairn is largely as described though the present growth of vegetation and the disturbance to the E end make it difficult to determine the shape and form of the horns and forecourt. At least two subrectangular buildings have been built into the NE end of the cairn, an oval hut has been built overlying the SW, and the walls of an enclosure embrace the E end of the cairn so that this forms one side of the enclosure’s perimeter. The chamber is located centrally towards the E end, defined by six slabs, but there is no indication of a passage leading to it from the forecourt.

Visited by RCAHMS (ARG,SPH) 31 August 2009

Project (14 October 2010 - 2 November 2010)

NF 8362 6000, NF 8476 5873 and NF 7444 2877

A deskbased assessment and walkover survey were carried out 14 October–2 November 2010 prior to improvement works to the A859 road. The DBA identified several significant prehistoric sites in the vicinity of the developments at Carinish,

including an Iron Age dun (Dun Ban – NF86SW 20) and two scheduled monuments; a stone circle (Carinish – NF86SW 1) and a chambered cairn (Caravat Barp – NF86SW 14). A number of dykes, field boundaries, jetties and dwellings, including a blackhouse, were also noted within 1km of the development boundary.

K MacDonald and R Rennell 2010

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