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Bostadh Midden And Wall (2669)

Current Priority
2
East
113799
North
940231
Site Type
Cell: Midden, Shell
Period
Prehistoric

No descriptions given in CZAS report; try Western Isles HER or CANMORE for site descriptions

January 2015: On East side of the walkway from the cemetery towards the beach substantial midden is visible containing pottery, some burnt. Tooth found, possibly human(reported to museum). A section of coastline has collapsed revealing sooty deposits and more midden.

February 2015: A shell midden and a stone structure, possibly a field wall, visible in the eroding coast edge. Also, a burnt peat layer at western end. the visible section of wall is at the eastern edge, and is 26 paces. The shell midden is along the whole front at 120 paces, and is on the sand, in the bank and on top in rabbit holes and surrounding areas. The peat ash is around 1m in length.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Monitor site to report fresh exposures

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Record NB 1377 4025 on map None in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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24th January, 2015 by Maggie2
Survey Information
User:
Maggie2
Date:
Jan. 24, 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
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

No descriptions given in CZAS report; try Western Isles HER or CANMORE for site descriptions

Walkway from the cemetery towards the beach on righthand/East side substantial midden with pottery, some burnt. Tooth found possibly human(reported to museum). A section of coastline has collapsed revealing sooty deposits and more midden.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

There has been a substantial change in the coastline here and the coastline is exposed to coastal erosian to wind damage and rabbit burrowing.

Recommendations:

Further investigation and keep under observation.

14th February, 2015 by smoricebroom
Survey Information
User:
smoricebroom
Date:
Feb. 14, 2015
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; animal burrows
Description:

A shell midden and a stone structure, possibly a field wall, visible in the eroding coast edge. Also, a burnt peat layer at western end. the visible section of wall is at the eastern edge, and is 26 paces. The shell midden is along the whole front at 120 paces, and is on the sand, in the bank and on top in rabbit holes and surrounding areas. The peat ash is around 1m in length.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is well known; is well visited; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

monitoring after a northerly gales