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Windwick (5877)

Current Priority
2
East
345950
North
986780
Site Type
Anthropogenic Deposits
Period
Indeterminate

Small quantities of shell and animal bone were noted eroding from the coastal section during a visit by the O.S. surveyors in 1973. Nothing comparable was found during this survey.

ShoreUPDATE Feb 2014 Animal bone at south end of 4-m exposure. It appears that the site may represent a cut down through the boulder clay to the beach level, as at the north end of the site there are what appears to be structural stonework (see photo): four courses plus a larger capstone, with the lower course at the base of the boulder clay. The cut would then appear to have been infilled with a mix of stone and midden material. This mixed material (apart from bone) is evident for 15–20 meters to the east and 10 m to the west along the coastal section as a discrete layer between the turf and the boulder clay.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Not located
Action
None

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Record SR143 on map South Ronaldsay: Map 7 in Report on a Coastal Zone Assessment Survey of Orkney: Burra, Flotta, Graemsay, Hoy, S. Ronaldsay, 1997

Other records:

NMRS
9528
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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14th February, 2014 by mgts24
Survey Information
User:
mgts24
Date:
Feb. 14, 2014
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?:
vegetation growth; animal burrows
Description:

Small quantities of shell and animal bone were noted eroding from the coastal section during a visit by the O.S. surveyors in 1973. Nothing comparable was found during this survey.

Animal bone at south end of 4-m exposure. It appears that the site may represent a cut down through the boulder clay to the beach level, as at the north end of the site there are what appears to be structural stonework (see photo): four courses plus a larger capstone, with the lower course at the base of the boulder clay. The cut would then appear to have been infilled with a mix of stone and midden material. This mixed material (apart from bone) is evident for 15–20 meters to the east and 10 m to the west along the coastal section as a discrete layer between the turf and the boulder clay.

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:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

It would be interesting to assess how much of the site remains: e.g., strip back the turf, and also to see if there is any more of the apparently structural stonework.