Medieval fishing village discovered in Outer Hebrides by island boatman

Posted: 01/18/2012 in all marine news

Mail Online – 

A medieval fishing village is believed to have been found in the Outer Hebrides after a tip-off from an islander.

The site is among potential new historic finds made along the islands’ coasts following information from members of the public.

Archaeologists said they were told about the village after bumping into local man JJ MacDonald.

The possible fishing station was discovered near Loch Euport, on North Uist.

The project team said on Ordnance Survey maps the area is called Havn, the Norse word for harbour.

Last year, fishermen, beachcombers, divers and islanders in the Hebrides were asked for information on where archaeologists might find ancient sites along shorelines.

The project involves the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS), WA Coastal and Marine, Historic Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council).

Archaeological investigator at RCAHMS, Dr Alex Hale, said the village was among the most promising tip offs.

‘Meeting JJ MacDonald was one of those fortuitous moments that can only happen when you are in the field,’ he said.

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