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Bostadh (3734)

Current Priority
2
East
113770
North
940250
Site Type
Midden And Cell
Period
Prehistoric

A prehistoric shell midden and small prehistoric drystone curvilinear cell structure. Extensive midden. Two sections exposed: a) facing shore,midden layer on top of apparent wall structure. b)created by path to shore, midden on top of ash(?) floor layer, evidence of burning. 100 yds from main Iron Age village. Cellular structure not observed.

March 2014 Generally unchanged, midden and walling observed in section, cairn being constructed out of fallen stones at the base of the section.

January 2015, further erosion with some of the coastal edge fallen away. Cairn that was being built from fallen stone has succumb to the last storm.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence

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Record NB 1377 4025 on map in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
MWE141482

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11th June, 2013 by jillsmith
Survey Information
User:
jillsmith
Date:
June 11, 2013
Tidal state:
low
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; visitor erosion
Description:

A prehistoric shell midden and small prehistoric drystone curvilinear cell structure. Extensive midden. Two sections exposed: a) facing shore,midden layer on top of apparent wall structure. b)created by path to shore, midden on top of ash(?) floor layer, evidence of burning. 100 yds from main Iron Age village. Cellular structure not observed.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
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 visited
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Site is eroding very fast. Path visitors use to get to shore cuts right through b)and is getting much wider. Extensive damage from rabbit burrows as well as winter storm damage. Local people have found pottery on the path.

Recommendations:

Further archaeological identification and some form of preservation. protection of (b) from further damage from path.

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:

A prehistoric shell midden and small prehistoric drystone curvilinear cell structure. Extensive midden. Two sections exposed: a) facing shore,midden layer on top of apparent wall structure. b)created by path to shore, midden on top of ash(?) floor layer, evidence of burning. 100 yds from main Iron Age village. Cellular structure not observed.

March 2014 Generally unchanged, midden and walling observed in section, cairn being constructed out of fallen stones at the base of the section.

January 2015, further erosion with some of the coastal edge fallen away. Cairn that was being built from fallen stone has succumbed to the last storm.

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?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible- difficult terrain
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Continued observation