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Traigh Varlish (4297)

Current Priority
2
East
61844
North
797120
Site Type
Midden
Period
prehistoric

Midden and buried land surface. The midden is up to 0.5m deep and has traces of simple stone structures in it. A local crofter recalls seeing stone structures 15m back from the eroding edge after a sand blow. Small scraps of handmade pottery, including one with an impressed groove, and a small thumb-nail scraper were seen in the midden.

ShoreUPDATE 05/05/2016

As described, buried land surface can be seen in section. Midden material not apparent, though improved soil can be seen in section. Large stones in section possibly related to large mound behind eroding edge. This feature is sub circular, approx. 15 paces in diameter. Feature is well defined by banks around 1 metre in height. Possibly a cru for stock management. Wall situated about 10 m to the east encloses the promontory.

Map regression indicates that the coast edge in front of the mound has retreated by 20m since 1878 and that the high water mark has retreated by 50-60m.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Good
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record 4 on map 6 in Coastal Assessment Survey, Barra and Vatersay, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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5th May, 2016 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 5, 2016
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

Midden and buried land surface. The midden is up to 0.5m deep and has traces of simple stone structures in it. A local crofter recalls seeing stone structures 15m back from the eroding edge after a sand blow. 5mall scraps of handmade pottery, including one with an impressed groove, and a 5mall thumb-nail scraper were seen in the midden.

ShoreUPDATE 05/05/2016 As described, buried land surface can be seen in section. Midden material not apparent, though improved soil can be seen in section. Large stones in section possibly related to large mound behind eroding edge. This feature is sub circular, approx. 15 paces in diameter. Feature is well defined by banks around 1 metre in height. Possibly a cru for stock management. Wall situated about 10 m to the east encloses the promontory.

Map regression indicates that the coast edge in front of the mound has retreated by 20m since 1878 and that the high water mark has retreated by 50-60m.

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?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
has local associations/history
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Retain priority 2