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Vardasta Gletness (12782)

Current Priority
2
East
446924
North
1151267
Site Type
Building
Period
Prehistoric

Stone structure exposed in section on foreshore. Walls constructed of large flat stones with some upright orthostats. Associated deposits contain burnt stone and peat ash as well as shells (edible periwinkle, mussel, oyster). Possible evidence of further associated structures. The building has been badly damaged by the insertion of a septic tank on the coast edge and foreshore. Site visit 22/02/2018 Largely as described, though erosion has cut the coast edge back and further exposed an orthostatic wall running obliquely into the section, possibly an internal pier. Associated deposits of peat ash, fire cracked stone and discrete dumps of shell still visible.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
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Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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31st May, 2014 by JoyceG
Survey Information
User:
JoyceG
Date:
May 31, 2014
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
Description:

Stone structure exposed in section on foreshore. Walls constructed of large flat stones with some upright orthostats. Associated deposits contain burnt stone and peat ash as well as shells (edible periwinkle, mussel, oyster). Possible evidence of further associated structures. The building has been badly damaged by the insertion of a septic tank on the coast edge and foreshore.

ShoreUPDATE 22/02/2018 Largely as described, though erosion has cut the coast edge back and further exposed an orthostatic wall running obliquely into the section, possibly an internal pier. Associated deposits of peat ash, fire cracked stone and discrete dumps of shell still visible.

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:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Adjacent to private property. Not widely known but has been brought to attention of local archaeologist.

Recommendations:

Survey in more detail. Take measurements and detailed drawings/ Assign to priority 2.