Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk

Sites at Risk

New to the Sites at Risk map? Watch our How to... guidance videos to help you get started.

Back to the map of sites.

Mealista (1875)

Current Priority
2
East
99020
North
924040
Site Type
Dyke And Shell Midden
Period
Unknown

A drystone dyke and shell midden, part of a deserted pre-crofting settlement comprising a blackhouse, sheep pens, a shorter possible blackhouse structure and the footings of several further similar buildings. These were recorded as either roofed buildings or unroofed ruins on the 1st edition OS map.

Lies within the Scheduled area of the Tigh nan Cailleachan Dubha settlement at Mealista. Local tradition describes this site as a Dominican nunnery, and it was included in a research project on chapel sites on Lewis (Barrowman 2005) but this study concluded that this interpretation of the site is highly unlikely.

ShoreUPDATE 10/05/2016 Eroded coast edge with remains of tumbled stone structures, stone and turf dyke running along the coast edge, now partly eroded. Also midden deposits c.1m deep containing shell, animal bone and pottery. Coastal exposures relate to associated extensive settlement in the hinterland.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Visit - attempt to locate and characterise site and obtain dating evidence

Over to you...

If you know there are errors in the original site record you can edit the original record here

If you would like to visit the site and carry out a ShoreUPDATE survey, you can prepare a ShoreUPDATE pack for this site (PDF) here.

If you want to use your smart phone to carry out the ShoreUPDATE survey, you can download the app here.

If you have completed a field survey of this site, you can submit your ShoreUPDATE record here.

Record NA 9902 2404b on map in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
3983
SMR
MWE140117

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

Click on an update to expand it.

10th May, 2016 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 10, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

A drystone dyke and shell midden, part of a deserted pre-crofting settlement comprising a blackhouse, sheep pens, a shorter possible blackhouse structure and the footings of several further similar buildings. These were recorded as either roofed buildings or unroofed ruins on the 1st edition OS map. Lies within the Scheduled area of the Tigh nan Cailleachan Dubha settlement at Mealista. Local tradition describes this site as a Dominican nunnery, and it was included in a research project on chapel sites on Lewis (Barrowman 2005) but this study concluded that this interpretation of the site is highly unlikely.

ShoreUPDATE 10/05/2016 Eroded coast edge with remains of tumbled stone structures, stone and turf dyke running along the coast edge, now partly eroded. Also midden deposits c.1m deep containing shell, animal bone and pottery. Coastal exposures relate to associated extensive settlement in the hinterland.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Reassign priority 2