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ECC 4 Eilean Chalium Cille

ECC 4 Eilean Chalium Cille

Summary:

ENCLOSURE? (Early Neolithic to Norse - 4000 BC to 1266 AD)
SHIELING? (Early Neolithic to Norse - 4000 BC to 1266 AD)
BOTHY? (Early Neolithic to Norse - 4000 BC to 1266 AD)
BLACKSMITHS WORKSHOP? (Early Neolithic to Norse - 4000 BC to 1266 AD)
STILLING HOUSE? (Early Neolithic to Norse - 4000 BC to 1266 AD)
Enclosure of uncertain purpose, possibly sheiling or bothie

Location:

NB 37971 20893

Full description:

"Located ca 15 metres to the west of enclosure (3) the remains of this structure survives as a stone and turf wall. Rectangular in form this structure measures 3 x 4 metres. The remains of an entrance may be seen in the west wall. An additional curving wall runs from the structure's south-west corner in a westerly direction for 3 metres. This wall gives the overall structure a boat-shaped form, but is actually likely to represent a shelter built to protect the entrance to the main structure. The form and size of this structure suggests that it might be a sheiling or a bothie. The location (tucked against a rock outcrop) and the shelter around the entrance suggest that this bothie may have been used for industrial purposes such as metal working (smithing), illicit stilling or both." (Burgess 2004, 74-75)

References:

Chris Burgess, Northamptonshire Archaeology. 2004. Northamptonshire Archaeology Archaeological Survey and Evaluation of Eilean Chalium Chille and the Putative Site of the Seaforth Head Castle. Part No Loch Seaforth Head Gazeteer.

Acknowledgement:

Information provided by Western Isles Council Sites & Monuments Record, January 2006.

 

Title: ECC 4 Eilean Chalium Cille
Record Type: Historical/ Archaeological Sites
Type: Enclosure
Period: Iron Age (post-Roman) (401-800 AD)
SMR Record ID: MWE144681
Grid Ref Northing: 920893
Grid Ref Easting: 137971
Record Maintained By: CEP
Subject Id: 31893