Uist Community Archaeology Group

About this Organisation

Uist provides a rich and diverse archaeological record dating back over 6000 years. It boasts fascinating evidence of prehistoric human activity such as standing stones, burial cairns, middens, crannogs, brochs, duns, hut circles, wheelhouses and souterrains, as well as multi period settlement mounds. There are also more recent remains such as chapels, castles, shielings, kelping bothies and abandoned townships.

Uist Community Archaeology Group (UCAG) was established to advance the awareness and understanding of the archaeology of Uist - our definition of 'Uist' being Berneray to Eriskay.

UCAG members are actively involved in reporting and recording sites across the islands. They are also involved in archaeology projects instigated by commercial and academic archaeology groups and work closely with archaeologists at Lews castle College/UHI and the regional Archaeology Service, based in Stornoway at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Despite the fact that people have been visiting and settling on our islands since the Mesolithic period, only a small proportion of sites have been reported and recorded, so there are always opportunities to make rediscoveries of our heritage.

UCAG holds regular talks and open meetings to discuss local archaeology, finds and sites and also organises field visits and training sessions focusing on the recording and reporting of sites.

Organisation Type

Local History Society/Association/Group


c/o 5 Knockquien
North Uist

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Entry last updated: December 14th, 2020

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