NF1099 : Entrance to an Earth House or Souterrain on St Kilda

taken 29 years ago, near to Oisebhal [hill or Mountain], Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Entrance to an Earth House or Souterrain on St Kilda
Entrance to an Earth House or Souterrain on St Kilda
The Souterrain or Earth House is associated with the Atlantic Iron Age. Dating back to around 500B.C. to 300 A.D. this is perhaps the earliest structure in the village. It is simply a long narrow underground tunnel 36 feet long, walled on each side with a flagstone floor. The roof is made of huge flat stones at ground level and is no more than 3 feet high at any point. The souterrain in the picture was discovered in 1844 but not opened till 1876 when a selection of fire scorched bones of sheep, cattle and sea fowl were found.The St Kildans called it "Tighe an t'sithiche" or the "House of Fairies."
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 May, 1988   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 28 March, 2008
Category
Souterrains   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 101 994 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:48.8543N 8:34.1516W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 101 994
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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