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Loch Sunart, Risga

Bait Hole(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Loch Sunart, Risga

Classification Bait Hole(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 22505

Site Number NM66SW 3

NGR NM 6127 6004

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Ardnamurchan
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM66SW 3 6127 6004.

NM 613 601. There are over sixty 'crotagan', in at least ten groups, and some big natural cavities, all along the E coast of Risga, 10ft to 15ft above high water mark. Local fishermen say that this is the isle's best fishing point.

(Morris defines 'crotagan' as situated on a level, smooth area, abraded very smoothly and near hemispherical in shape, about 6ins in diameter and 3ins deep, found near sea level at a good fishing point; he suggests that they were used as bait-mortars.)

L M Mann 1922; R W B Morris 1969.

These marks are in the area centred NM 6127 6004, and are similar to those on Carna (NM65NW 1).

Visited by OS (R L) 1 June 1970.

The origin and function of these bait-holes or bait-mortars have been discussed within recent years, and there is good evidence that they are of comparatively recent origin.

R W B Morris 1969; RCAHMS 1980.

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