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Mail/Bur Ness Coastal Exposure (12784)

Current Priority
2
East
443293
North
1127910
Site Type
Structure
Period

Coastal exposure on the seaward side of current cemetery. Approx 11m long, 1m high. Deep rich soil containing moderate small frags of bone. Human and animal bone observed. Below the topsoil in an approx 3m length of the section a line of flat stones overlies peat ash. Approx. 20m west a further 2m wide by 1m high coastal exposure contains thick cultivation soil with animal bone fragments.

Visited 30th Sept 2015 - slightly more erosion than recorded in 2014 but has not changed significantly.

26 Feb 2018: Coast edge slumped and stabilising compared to 2014. Semi-circular arrangement of boulders on the beach in front of the section may represent the eroded footprint of the structure, which is more noticeable now than previously due to continuing erosion of beach here.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Action

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27th May, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 27, 2014
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

Coastal exposure on seaward side of current cemetery. Approx 11m long, 1m high. Deep rich soil containing moderate small frags of bone. Human and animal bone observed. Below the topsoil in an approx 3m length of the section A line of flat stones overlies peat ash. Approx. 20m west a further 2m wide by 1m high coastal exposure contains thick cultivation soil with bone (animal) frags.

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

Further investigation. Clean and record section. Assign to priority 2.

30th September, 2015 by EstherR
Survey Information
User:
EstherR
Date:
Sept. 30, 2015
Tidal state:
high
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

Coastal exposure on the seaward side of current cemetery. Approx 11m long, 1m high. Deep rich soil containing moderate small frags of bone. Human and animal bone observed. Below the topsoil in an approx 3m length of the section a line of flat stones overlies peat ash. Approx. 20m west a further 2m wide by 1m high coastal exposure contains thick cultivation soil with animal bone fragments.

Visited 30th Sept 2015 - slightly more erosion than recorded in 2014 but has not changed significantly.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
26th February, 2018 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
Feb. 26, 2018
Tidal state:
mid
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:

Coastal exposure on the seaward side of current cemetery. Approx 11m long, 1m high. Deep rich soil containing moderate small frags of bone. Human and animal bone observed. Below the topsoil in an approx 3m length of the section a line of flat stones overlies peat ash. Approx. 20m west a further 2m wide by 1m high coastal exposure contains thick cultivation soil with animal bone fragments.

Visited 30th Sept 2015 - slightly more erosion than recorded in 2014 but has not changed significantly.

26 Feb 2018: Coast edge slumped and stabilising compared to 2014. Semi-circular arrangement of boulders on the beach in front of the section may represent the eroded footprint of the structure, which is more noticeable now than previously due to continuing erosion of beach here.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Continue to monitor this stretch of coastline regularly. Observations over the previous 4 years has shown that episodic erosion is taking place here and new archaeological material is continuing to be exposed and damaged/destroyed.