Benbecula, Nunton, 'The Mermaid's Grave'

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Site Type STONE
Canmore ID 92172
Site Number NF75SE 22
NGR NF 76098 53436
Council WESTERN ISLES
Parish SOUTH UIST
Former Region WESTERN ISLES ISLANDS AREA
Former District WESTERN ISLES
Former County INVERNESS-SHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NF75SE 22 7610 5345

A field reconnaissance of the dunes fringing Culla Bay, undertaken by a correspondent at the request of the Keeper of Mollusca at the National Museum of Scotland (NMS), led to the discovery of an isolated stone within a wind-eroded hollow upon the crest of the dunes.
The possibility existed that this could mark the site of the grave of a mermaid, reportedly buried thereabouts cAD 1820-1830.
A brief examination of the stone's character did not support the hypothesis that it had been set-up as a grave-marker.
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HSLS Ltd 1994.


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Notes This project indicates that the record to which it is linked is within, or near the boundary, of an area managed by a SURE partner.
Information from RCAHMS (SH) 24th January 2014

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Books and References

Heritage Site and Landscape Surveys Ltd (1994) ''The Mermaid's Grave, Nunton, Benbecula (S Uist parish): putative grave-marker', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 95

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