Dervaig, SSE

Dervaig SSE WP1060704

View from the south west.

Location

Scotland     Mull     Argyll & Isles     NM 43859 51655     Lat 56.586652   Long -6.1732771

Dervaig SSE plan1

Plan of the Dervaig SSE stone row. Original surveyed at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 5.8m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Tallest stone: 1.97m Shortest stone: 1m
Orientation: 161° Altitude: 94m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Stone alignment

Notes:  A fourth stone incorporated into the wall may have originally formed part of the alignment before it was moved. The row denotes the edge of a quarry dump. This does not necessarily invalidate the prehistoric interpretation but introduces an element of uncertainty. The row is tucked behind a knoll which prevents views of the nearby sea.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Possible.  This alignment of stones look like a stone row and sits within an area containing similar looking sites. The stones however all stand on a scarp formed by quarry waste and this introduces a significant element of uncertainty. For this reason alone it is probably safer to consider this a possible row until future work determines the precise relationship between the quarry waste and the stones.


Photographs

Dervaig SSE WP1060688

Views towards the nearby sea are completely blocked by the rocky outcrop west of the row. View from the east. 

Dervaig SSE WP1060702

The stone row denotes the edge of a prominent scarp formed by quarry waste. View from south east.

Dervaig SSE WP1060719

A later drystone wall incorporates one of the orthostats. The wall also overlies the quarry dump. View from north.

Dervaig SSE WP1060726

Exposed quarry dump waste near to the stone row. View from the south west.

Dervaig SSE WP1110265

View from above and east.  The rocky outcrop and quarry are visible beyond. The position of the row means that views from it are restricted. Extensive views are available within a few metres. 

 

Dervaig SSE WP1110268

View from above and north west. The stone which has probably been moved is visible within the wall in the background.

Dervaig SSE WP1110269

View from above and east highlighting the rocky outcrop that blocks the view towards the sea.

Dervaig SSE WP1110270

View from the south west.

Access Information

Limited car parking is available at NM 43989 51626. The row is clearly visible from the parking area.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 223.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

 

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