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The Grithies, Cata Sand, Structure (13134)

Current Priority
1
East
370427
North
1039659
Site Type
Structure
Period
PREHISTORIC - Bronze Age?

The remains are located on a gravel ridge known as The Grithies which extends along the southern edge of Cata Sand. Geophysical survey of the area shows an anomaly roughly 20m x 20m to the south of the extant dune, indicating the remains of more than one building. Blown sand removed from a part of this area revealed spreads of stone, possibly walls, and intermittent lenses of archaeological material emerging from the southwestern edge of the dune. Nine orthostats within the area investigated indicate the remains of at least one surviving structure. Clay-rich midden material containing ash and charcoal was exposed in several patches of the cleaned area. Bone, poorly preserved pottery, coarse stone stools and struck flint have been recovered.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
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5th March, 2016 by jo
Survey Information
User:
jo
Date:
March 5, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only)
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

The remains are located on a gravel ridge known as The Grithies which extends along the southern edge of Cata Sand. Geophysical survey of the area shows an anomaly roughly 20m x 20m to the south of the extant dune, indicating the remains of more than one building. Blown sand removed from a part of this area revealed spreads of stone, possibly walls, and intermittent lenses of archaeological material emerging from the southwestern edge of the dune. Nine orthostats within the area investigated indicate the remains of at least one surviving structure. Clay-rich midden material containing ash and charcoal was exposed in several patches of the cleaned area. Bone, poorly preserved pottery, coarse stone stools and struck flint have been recovered.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain; vehicular access; accessible on foot (no footpath)
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Prehistoric - probably Bronze Age- structure located on gravel ridge known as the Grithies in Cata Sand. The site is located just above the high water mark and is probably inundated at very high tides and in storm conditions. The site was identified by a team from UHI, Manchester University and the University of Central Lancashire in December 2015. An evaluation was carried out by a team from the above in March 2016.

Recommendations:

Excavation. Assign priority 1.