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North Uist, Otternish, Rubh' A' Charnain Mhor

Cairn (Viking), Human Remains (Period Unassigned), Ship Burial (Viking)(Possible), Rivet(S) (Iron)(Viking)

Site Name North Uist, Otternish, Rubh' A' Charnain Mhor

Classification Cairn (Viking), Human Remains (Period Unassigned), Ship Burial (Viking)(Possible), Rivet(S) (Iron)(Viking)

Alternative Name(s) Carnan Mor; Rudh' A' Charnain Mhor

Canmore ID 10433

Site Number NF97NW 1

NGR NF 9043 7935

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

NF97NW 1 9043 7935.

(Area: NF 904 794) Partial examination of a cairn at Rudh' a' Charnain Mhoir upon the extreme point of Otternish, opposite Berneray Island, revealed the remains of a skeleton and typical iron rivets indicating the unburnt burial of a Norseman with his boat. It can be dated with certainty to before the 11th century. The site is 50 yards to the N of a smaller cairn marked by the 0S map 'Human Remains found AD 1870' (NF97NW 2) (E Beveridge 1911).

Nine iron boat-rivets of the common Viking form with heads and plates were found at Carnan Mor. Six of them are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS BT 1912)

E Beveridge 1911; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1912; H Shetelig 1940.

The remains of this greatly mutilated cairn, now a low, oval, grass-covered mound, c.0.3m high, with stones protruding, are at NF 9043 7935.

Visited by OS (J T T) 26 June 1965.


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