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Leac Shleamhuinn

Head Dyke (Post Medieval)

Site Name Leac Shleamhuinn

Classification Head Dyke (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 334804

Site Number NF71SE 78

NGR NF 77894 14573

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


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SU 92:

Running from north to south this is the furthest extent of the head dyke SU 45/ 52/ 84 recorded on the west side of the survey area. It is a short stretch of walling running for 9.2 metres from NF 77891 14568 in the south to NF 77895 14579 in the north, linking two areas of bedrock outcrop. This stretch of walling , consisting of turf and stone, is mirrored less than a metre to the west by a second line of orthostats marking the line of an earlier wall crossing the same opening between cliff faces.

Interpretation: This double line of walling shows the capacity for such head dyke features to be heavily re-worked while maintaining the same basic line.

(Babtie Group, 1999)


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