Traigh Na Berie

Stones at Traigh Na Berie. View from north (Scale 1m).

Location

Scotland Isle of Lewis Western Isles NB 10079 35701
Lat 58.21453536   Long -6.938882733

 

Plan of the stones and linear earthworks at Traigh Na Berie (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Agricultural feature Length: 27m
No. of stones: 28 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 60° Altitude: 8m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn
Notes: 9 rows

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Not. The stones appear to denote the edges of narrow, parallel banks which are on the same alignment as the lazy beds in this area. Whilst the reason why the banks in this area were denoted with edge set stones is not clear, it is possible to be confident that this is not a prehistoric stone alignment.  The adjacent cairn may be the result of field clearance.

Plan of Traigh Na Berie stones with the earthworks removed. 

Without the earthworks, the plan form of the lines of stones looks convincing as a multiple stone row, but the earthworks combined with its position within an historic field system means that this feature is of historic date and probably associated with agriculture.

Photographs

Small stones protruding through the surface. View from south west (Scale 1m).

Cairn in the foreground and lines of stones beyond.  In the photograph the very slight parallel banks are discernible. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Cairn and lines of tiny stones denoting the edges of slight banks. View from south (Scale 1m).

The stones and banks are within an area defined by a more obvious bank and ditch on the north. View from north (Scale 1m).

The banks and stones are parallel with the obvious ditch and bank forming the northern edge of the earthworks. View from north (Scale 1m).

Access Information

Parking is available at NB 09964 36016 and access to the field at NB 10019 35867.

Online Resources 

Canmore     Historic Environment Record     Hebridean Connections

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