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Lionacleit, Submerged Forest (13304)

Current Priority
1
East
77275
North
849695
Site Type
Palaeoenvironmental
Period
Prehistoric

Peat shelf exposed over a large area in the intertidal zone. There is a cluster of cultural material (bone and struck quartz) at 77275, 849695, and an area of submerged forest including brushwood fragments, twigs and small branches at 77175, 849667.

Lower down the beach closer to the low water mark, there is a more substantial area including collapsed trunks and root systems (area of smaller trees roughly centred on 77360, 849526, an area of larger trees further down the beach still around 77361, 849437) . Rare survival of such a diverse and extensive area of preserved wood remains, and plant macrofossils (reed and reed roots) in association with archaeological material.

A possible saddle quern was found at 77232, 849629.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Action

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Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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19th May, 2016 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 19, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
yes
Description:

Peat shelf exposed over a large area in the intertidal zone. There is a cluster of cultural material (bone and struck quartz) at 77275, 849695, and an area of submerged forest including brushwood fragments, twigs and small branches at 77175, 849667.

Lower down the beach closer to the low water mark, there is a more substantial area including collapsed trunks and root systems (area of smaller trees roughly centred on 77360, 849526, an area of larger trees further down the beach still around 77361, 849437) . Rare survival of such a diverse and extensive area of preserved wood remains, and plant macrofossils (reed and reed roots) in association with archaeological material.

A possible saddle quern was found at 77232, 849629.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
vehicular access
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Assign priority 1.

Recording and sampling project with local community to obtain dates, pollen profile and species ID.