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Arnol (3062)

Current Priority
2
East
130260
North
949370
Site Type
Settlement
Period
Multi-phase

The abandoned settlement of Old Arnol. Stone-built houses, successive occupation layers and midden deposits are visible in the eroding coast edge. The associated field system is visible in the immediate hinterland. Finds including pottery (Iron Age to medieval in date), stone tools, metal slag, a bronze brooch and an antler comb have been recovered.

The settlement is depicted on the 1st edition OS map as nine unroofed buildings and fifteen enclosures.

Update 20.09.2014: Exposure extends around 100 paces along coast edge. At least 13 stone structures visible; 2-3 phases of dry stone masonry are visible throughout the section. Roofing slate and modern mortar noted at top section at south end of exposure. Pieces of pottery and burnt (animal) bones were found within the wall structures. Hammer stone found at base of section towards the middle. Extensive peat deposits with wooden fragments can be found below the site in the lower shore zone (intertidal).

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Visit - attempt to locate and characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Develop management plan with landowner and heritage agency, to include other sites in area

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Record NB 3026 4937 on map None in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
4255
SMR
MWE141875

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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20th September, 2014 by Maggie65
Survey Information
User:
Maggie65
Date:
Sept. 20, 2014
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

The abandoned settlement of Old Arnol. Stone-built houses, successive occupation layers and midden deposits are visible in the eroding coast edge. The associated field system is visible in the immediate hinterland. Finds including pottery (Iron Age to medieval in date), stone tools, metal slag, a bronze brooch and an antler comb have been recovered.

The settlement is depicted on the 1st edition OS map as nine unroofed buildings and fifteen enclosures.

Update 20.09.2014: Exposure extends around 100 paces along coast edge. At least 13 stone structures visible; 2-3 phases of dry stone masonry are visible throughout the section. Roofing slate and modern mortar noted at top section at south end of exposure. Pieces of pottery and burnt (animal) bones were found within the wall structures. Hammer stone found at base of section towards the middle. Extensive peat deposits with wooden fragments can be found below the site in the lower shore zone (intertidal).

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- difficult terrain; vehicular access; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

This site is potentially important due to inter tidal peat, possibly associated with settlement. It appears the exposure is more extensive since last survey.

Updated by Jann Skelly & Margaret Maciver and UHI archaeology students.

Recommendations:

High energy environment - to be monitored after storms, especially south westerly gales. Currently Priority 1. Lower to Priority 2/3.