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Bostadh (3755)

Current Priority
2
East
113730
North
940100
Site Type
Settlement
Period
Pictish

This site includes records 2664, 3748, 2665, and 3749 and is the same as record 2668.

A settlement site, with occupation from the Iron Age to the Norse period, revealed by coastal erosion. A series of midden deposits and associated stone structures revealed by erosion over a 30m length of dune, and excavated in the 1990s. The excavation revealed five Iron Age buildings, three of which were stone-built roundhouses, with a later Norse building on top.

Finds recovered from the site include fish and animal bone, pottery, iron slag, worked bone and antler, shell, querns, metalwork and stone tools, including flints.

ShoreUPDATE 4 October 2014

20 paces of visible stone structure walked from North to South.

ShoreUPDATE February 2015 (site 2665, part of 3755)

Midden consisting of worked quartz in the east-facing section in the coast edge on the west side of the beach. Wall leads from coast edge wnw and splits in two, one section north for 20m approx, one west approx 15m

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Site: Eroding: Matrix: Eroding
Action
Monitor site to report fresh exposures ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record NB14SW 02 on map in Coastal Erosion Assessment, Lewis, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
4130
SMR
MWE4130

ShoreUpdates

3 ShoreUpdates accepted and 0 pending.

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23rd March, 2014 by Maggie65
Survey Information
User:
Maggie65
Date:
March 23, 2014
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Coastally eroding?:
active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; animal burrows
Description:

This site includes records 2664, 3748, 2665, and 3749 and is the same as record 2668.

A settlement site, with occupation from the Iron Age to the Norse period, revealed by coastal erosion. A series of midden deposits and associated stone structures revealed by erosion over a 30m length of dune, and excavated in the 1990s. The excavation revealed five Iron Age buildings, three of which were stone-built roundhouses, with a later Norse building on top.

Finds recovered from the site include fish and animal bone, pottery, iron slag, worked bone and antler, shell, querns, metalwork and stone tools, including flints.

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?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

On the original site where the Iron Age houses were found is slightly elevated, therefore the high tides do not reach that far back as yet. Sand movement may be a problem as wind blown sand covering fencing in some areas which enables the public to walk all over the original site.

Reconstructed Iron Age house is under threat from rabbit burrowing and there may be a problem in the future with the stream that runs past to the sea.

4th October, 2014 by smoricebroom
Survey Information
User:
smoricebroom
Date:
Oct. 4, 2014
Tidal state:
high
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active wind erosion (in dunes only); accreting
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
vegetation growth; animal burrows; visitor erosion
Description:

This site includes records 2664, 3748, 2665, and 3749 and is the same as record 2668.

A settlement site, with occupation from the Iron Age to the Norse period, revealed by coastal erosion. A series of midden deposits and associated stone structures revealed by erosion over a 30m length of dune, and excavated in the 1990s. The excavation revealed five Iron Age buildings, three of which were stone-built roundhouses, with a later Norse building on top.

Finds recovered from the site include fish and animal bone, pottery, iron slag, worked bone and antler, shell, querns, metalwork and stone tools, including flints.

ShoreUPDATE 4 October 2014 20 paces of visible stone structure walked from North to South.

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 on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is well known; is well visited; has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Other sites (south end) now covered in windblown sand and marram grass

Recommendations:

Continue monitoring after gales

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:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; animal burrows; visitor erosion; water erosion (e.g. stream, etc)
Description:

(Description for part of site 3755 also recorded separately as 2665). Midden consisting of worked quartz in the east-facing section in the coast edge on the west side of the beach. Wall leads from coast edge wnw and splits in two, one section north for 20m approx, one west approx 15m

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial 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:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

monitoring