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Suther Ness, Structure (12940)

Current Priority
2
East
455152
North
1165352
Site Type
Structure
Period
unknown

Six large sub-rectangular boulder-sized stones, placed in a line and exposed in the coast edge. The 1m high, 3m wide structure cuts till and is overlain by 0.8m of cultivated soil. A small patch of peat ash and one fragment of black very coarse pottery was found between the stones. Otherwise no cultural material was noted. A slight rise at the coast edge directly above the structure may be the last remnants of a mound.

Condition and current recommendations:

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Unknown

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23rd May, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 23, 2015
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:

Six large sub-rectangular boulder-sized stones, placed in a line and exposed in the coast edge. The 1m high, 3m wide structure cuts till and is overlain by 0.8m of cultivated soil. A small patch of peat ash and one fragment of black very coarse pottery was found between the stones. Otherwise no cultural material was noted. A slight rise at the coast edge directly above the structure may be the last remnants of a mound.

01/07/2015 The sherd of pottery was examined by Jenny Murray, Curator of Collections, Shetland Museum. It is not diagnostic. The fabric is heavily tempered with steatite with mica added. It is probably prehistoric with a Bronze Age date being most likely.

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
Comments:

A sherd of black very coarse pottery was recovered from the site.

Recommendations:

This site is probably near destroyed, but is actively eroding and nothing is known about it. It would benefit from section recording and dating. Assign Priority 2