Tursachan, Barraglom, Beàrnaraigh / Standing Stones, Barraglom, Great BerneraSM5548
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- Prehistoric ritual and funerary: stone setting
- Local Authority
- Na h-Eileanan Siar
- Planning Authority
- Na h-Eileanan Siar
- NB 16430 34256
- 116430, 934256
The monument comprises a setting of standing stones dating from the Bronze Age (2500 BC – 800 BC). The monument is located to the west of the Bernera Bridge, Great Bernera.
The stone setting consists of five standing stones arranged in a rough L-shape. The southwest stone measures approximately 2.1m in height, the northern stone 2.8m, the north-northeast stone 0.5m and southern stone 1.2m. The north-northeast and southern stones have both been re-erected. In prehistory a gully was infilled to create a level cobbled area enclosed by the upright stones with a retaining wall to the south. Archaeological deposits from the site have been dated to approximately 1800BC with finds including pottery, worked quartz, a polished stone axe head and an arrowhead.
The scheduled area is a clipped circle. It includes the remains described above and an area around within which evidence relating to the monument's construction, use and abandonment is expected to survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map. The above ground elements of all current post and wire fencing are specifically excluded from the scheduled area to allow for their maintenance.
Statement of National Importance
The monument is of national importance as a megalithic setting of unknown function, but presumably with links to the remainder of the Callanish complex of stone circles, alignments and settings, of which it forms one of the most westerly elements. As such, both alone and with the group, it provides opportunities for further study, by surface measurement and through excavation and analysis, directed at elucidating the ritual significance and functional arrangements of these particularly fascinating classes of monument.
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