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Laxdale (3483)

Current Priority
2
East
143965
North
934792
Site Type
Settlement Mound
Period
Norse

A multi-period coastal settlement, dating from the Norse period to the 19th century. The extent of the settlement is unclear, but 1m of stratified deposits are visible in the eroding coast edge. Three separate occupation phases were visible when visited in 1998. A stone wall standing to three courses and a floor surface 1.5m below the wall sitting on a peat layer were noted in 2007, along with layers of charcoal and ash with fragments of burnt bone and pottery, spread over a length of 10m to the northeast of the wall. Finds recovered from the site include pottery of Norse date and whetstones.

Update 19 September 2014

3 layers of stratigraphy and tumbled stones visible. Pottery found at base of east facing section. Circular stone structure visible on beach 2 metres in front of vertical face. South facing section contains a layer of stone in a peat layer. Boulders tumbled on beach in front of the section form a circle. Large stones visible at the top of the eroding face of the south facing section. Small layer of midden in sand face.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record NB 4418 3523 on map None in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
MWE140001

ShoreUpdates

2 ShoreUpdates accepted and 0 pending.

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19th September, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
Sept. 19, 2014
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:

A multi-period coastal settlement, dating from the Norse period to the 19th century. The extent of the settlement is unclear, but 1m of stratified deposits are visible in the eroding coast edge. Three separate occupation phases were visible when visited in 1998. A stone wall standing to three courses and a floor surface 1.5m below the wall sitting on a peat layer were noted in 2007, along with layers of charcoal and ash with fragments of burnt bone and pottery, spread over a length of 10m to the northeast of the wall. Finds recovered from the site include pottery of Norse date and whetstones.

Update 19 September 2014

3 layers of stratigraphy and tumbled stones visible. Pottery found at base of east facing section. Circular stone structure visible on beach 2 metres in front of vertical face. South facing section contains a layer of stone in a peat layer. Boulders tumbled on beach in front of the section form a circle. Large stones visible at the top of the eroding face of the south facing section. Small layer of midden in sand face.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

local person regularly visiting site who will contact us if any further erosion noted

Recommendations:

Keep monitoring site. Increase local awareness. Worth investigating further

13th June, 2015 by jann
Survey Information
User:
jann
Date:
June 13, 2015
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; animal burrows
Description:

A multi-period coastal settlement, dating from the Norse period to the 19th century. The extent of the settlement is unclear, but 1m of stratified deposits are visible in the eroding coast edge. Three separate occupation phases were visible when visited in 1998. A stone wall standing to three courses and a floor surface 1.5m below the wall sitting on a peat layer were noted in 2007, along with layers of charcoal and ash with fragments of burnt bone and pottery, spread over a length of 10m to the northeast of the wall. Finds recovered from the site include pottery of Norse date and whetstones.

Update 19 September 2014

3 layers of stratigraphy and tumbled stones visible. Pottery found at base of east facing section. Circular stone structure visible on beach 2 metres in front of vertical face. South facing section contains a layer of stone in a peat layer. Boulders tumbled on beach in front of the section form a circle. Large stones visible at the top of the eroding face of the south facing section. Small layer of midden in sand face.

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; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

continual monitoring