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Seacliff (10056)

Current Priority
2
East
361217
North
684212
Site Type
Midden And Cist Burials
Period
1st mill BC- 1st mill AD

In this area there have been several chance archaeological discoveries. The specific location has been described as an area of eroding raised beach deposits set between two rock bluffs. It would appear that the raised beach deposits, representing an old ground surface, have been eroding away since at least 1857, when a 4ft deposit of midden deposits were first noted. The midden is said to have contained pottery, animal bone and carbonised wood and to have been associated with two vertical grooves carved into the rock surface, perhaps indicative of a structure of some kind. Human remains, apparently within cists, were found eroding from the coast edge in 1962 and again c. 1987. In 1990 an eroding inhumation burial was excavated. The area is now well vegetated and this survey found no sign of any deposits or features of an archaeological nature.

30/04/14 Eroding coastal section approximately 40m long and 2m high composed of windblown sand, contains evidence of buried soil horizons and possible anthropogenic deposits. A possible stone feature was noted, as well as one piece of butchered animal bone and one piece of Victorian willow pattern pottery.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Unknown
Action
Monitor site to report fresh exposures

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Record EL 88 on map EL 2 in CZAS, East Lothian and Scottish Borders, 2006

Other records:

NMRS
57871
SMR
MEL1760

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30th March, 2014 by JillStro
Survey Information
User:
JillStro
Date:
March 30, 2014
Tidal state:
high
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
yes
Description:

In this area there have been several chance archaeological discoveries. The specific location has been described as an area of eroding raised beach deposits set between two rock bluffs. It would appear that the raised beach deposits, representing an old ground surface, have been eroding away since at least 1857, when a 4ft deposit of midden deposits were first noted. The midden is said to have contained potter, animal bone and carbonised wood and to have been associated with two vertical grooves carved into the rock surface, perhaps indicative of a structure of some kind. Human remains, apparently within cists, were found eroding from the coast edge in 1962 and again c. 1987. In 1990 an eroding inhumation burial was excavated. The area is now well vegetated and this survey found no sign of any deposits or features of an archaeological nature.

30/04/14 Eroding coastal section approximately 40m long and 2m high composed of windblown sand, contains evidence of buried soil horizons and possible anthropogenic deposits. A possible stone feature was noted, as well as one piece of butchered animal bone and one piece of Victorian willow pattern pottery.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Section should be recorded in more detail and monitored on a regular basis. Reassign priority 2