A MAJOR archaeological find has been uncovered by a crofter during the summer harvest in North Uist.
A 10ft-deep hole, which opened up beneath a tractor during silage-making at Port Nan Long, has been identified as an Iron Age souterrain, or underground chamber.
Dr Mary MacLeod, a Western Isles archaeologist, said: "It is particularly exciting because it is so well preserved. It has lain undisturbed for 2,000 years."
Dr MacLeod said she had always viewed the large mound where the find was made as probably indicative of a prehistoric settlement.
"I think there has been a very large prehistoric settlement on this site, possibly over thousands of years."