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Flisk Seabraes Submerged Forest (1811)

Current Priority
2
East
331715
North
722795
Site Type
Submerged Forest/Intertidal Peat
Period
Unknown

Prehistoric landsurface exposed at LW

ShoreUPDATE 16/10/2016: A thin layer (c. 6-10cm thick) of dark brown compressed woody peat overlying blue/grey clay is intermittently exposed betwen the high and low water marks(extending beneath the latter) along a c. 400m stretch of the south shore of the Tay estuary, just east of Flisk Point. The peat exposures appear to be bounded by the remnants of stone field boundaries extending into the beach and intertidal zone. This is due to there being relatively less shingle overburden within this area. The true extent of the peat is probably much more extensive. The peat is full of hazel nuts, bark, twigs, and trunks and in situ roots of trees. Modern wood fragments and branches from adjacent woodland are also incorporated into the surface of the peat especially at the back of the beach.

This deposit looks like a submerged forest. The date is not known, but it could be related to Holocene relative sea level fall in the Tay Estuary following de-glaciation.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record NO319229 on map 12 in Coastal Assessment Survey for HIstoric Scotland Fife - Fife Ness to Newburgh, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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16th October, 2016 by jo
Survey Information
User:
jo
Date:
Oct. 16, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

Prehistoric landsurface exposed at LW

ShoreUPDATE 16/10/2016: A thin layer (c. 6-10cm thick) of dark brown compressed woody peat overlying blue/grey clay is intermittently exposed betwen the high and low water marks(extending beneath the latter) along a c. 400m stretch of the south shore of the Tay estuary, just east of Flisk Point. The peat exposures appear to be bounded by the remnants of stone field boundaries extending into the beach and intertidal zone. This is due to there being relatively less shingle overburden within this area. The true extent of the peat is probably much more extensive. The peat is full of hazel nuts, bark, twigs, and trunks and in situ roots of trees. Modern wood fragments and branches from adjacent woodland are also incorporated into the surface of the peat especially at the back of the beach.

This deposit looks like a submerged forest. The date is not known, but it could be related to Holocene relative sea level fall in the Tay Estuary following de-glaciation.

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

Re-assign Priority 2 on the basis that it is probably a very extensive deposit, and more work needs to be done to ascertain it's potential. But it is not at urgent risk of loss. Has this peat been studied and dated? If not a programme of sampling and radiocarbon dating to characterise archaeological and palaeoenvironment potential should be carried out.