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Crow Taing, Tofts Ness, Sanday (12218)

Current Priority
2
East
374676
North
1046429
Site Type
Mound And Coastal Exposure
Period
NOT KNOWN

A poorly defined low mound c100m long by 10-30m wide following the line of the coast at the point by Crow Taing, Tofts Ness, Sanday. The land is a maximum of c1m higher than surrounding ground. There are three exposures and one stone drain on the coastal side of this raised ground. These are (E-W); 1. Eastern exposure HY 74673 46419 – HY74702 46448. Midden material (large animal bone, shells and charcoal in dark organic earth matrix) and possible structural rubble. 2. Stone drain at HY 74668 46407. 3. Middle exposure HY 74665 46383 (centred, c7m long)- midden material with high charcoal content. 4. Western exposure HY 74666 46356 (centred, c18m long)- windblown sand and section of walling/revetment. No artefacts were observed.

FEB 2015- human remains identified eroding from the section- AOC are investigating.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
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NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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3rd October, 2012 by cparker
Survey Information
User:
cparker
Date:
Oct. 3, 2012
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

A poorly defined low mound c100m long by 10-30m wide following the line of the coast at the point by Crow Taing, Tofts Ness, Sanday. The land is a maximum of c1m higher than surrounding ground. There are three exposures and one stone drain on the coastal side of this raised ground. These are (E-W); 1. Eastern exposure HY 74673 46419 – HY74702 46448. Midden material (large animal bone, shells and charcoal in dark organic earth matrix) and possible structural rubble. 2. Stone drain at HY 74668 46407. 3. Middle exposure HY 74665 46383 (centred, c7m long)- midden material with high charcoal content. 4. Western exposure HY 74666 46356 (centred, c18m long)- windblown sand and section of walling/revetment. No artefacts were observed.

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?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Does not appear to be on Canmore although site slightly known locally.

Recommendations:

Monitoring. Ideally test-pitting /geophysics to establish landward extent.

8th February, 2015 by cparker
Survey Information
User:
cparker
Date:
Feb. 8, 2015
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Description:

A poorly defined low mound c100m long by 10-30m wide following the line of the coast at the point by Crow Taing, Tofts Ness, Sanday. The land is a maximum of c1m higher than surrounding ground. There are three exposures and one stone drain on the coastal side of this raised ground. These are (E-W); 1. Eastern exposure HY 74673 46419 – HY74702 46448. Midden material (large animal bone, shells and charcoal in dark organic earth matrix) and possible structural rubble. 2. Stone drain at HY 74668 46407. 3. Middle exposure HY 74665 46383 (centred, c7m long)- midden material with high charcoal content. 4. Western exposure HY 74666 46356 (centred, c18m long)- windblown sand and section of walling/revetment. No artefacts were observed.

FEB 2015- human remains identified eroding from the section- AOC are investigating.

Management Information
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Assign priority 2 on basis of potential significance of archaeology and extent of erosion.