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Peterkirk (6199)

Current Priority
2
East
350020
North
1040060
Site Type
Possible Burial Mounds
Period
3rd-1st millennium BC

(i) An amorphous mound measures 11m northwest-southeast by 6m and stands to 0.3m high. It has been partially eroded by the sea and some stone is exposed in the coastal section. Previously, it was recorded that an upright slab was set into the ground to the northwest side of the mound, but this is no longer visible. (ii) The very slight remains of a mound are indicated by a few stones visible in the coastal section. These sites have already been much reduced by erosion and are vulnerable to being completely removed in the near future. Assessment is urgently required.

ShoreUPDATE 11 May 2015 This site includes several low mounds on the coast edge and immediately behind it. The two mounds on the coast edge have been sectioned by coastal erosion, revealing stonework in the interior. The northern mound stands up to 0.75m high and contains a structure with a surface formed of large slabs laid flat and edge-set stones, associated with anthropogenic deposits. The southern mound, approximately 0.5m in height also contains structures built of flat slabs with associated midden deposits.

The hinterland contains further amorphous mounds, with the tops of edge-set stones protruding above the turf indicating the presence of further buried structures.

The features and deposits currently visible seem to indicate that this site is the remains of an extra-mural settlement associated with the adjacent broch (6198).

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record WT124 on map Westray: Map 8 in Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment Survey 1998: Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa Westray, West Mainland, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
3238
SMR
Unknown

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11th May, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 11, 2015
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
Description:

ShoreUPDATE 11 May 2015 This site includes several low mounds on the coast edge and immediately behind it. The two mounds on the coast edge have been sectioned by coastal erosion, revealing stonework in the interior. The northern mound stands up to 0.75m high and contains a structure with a surface formed of large slabs laid flat and edge-set stones, associated with anthropogenic deposits. The southern mound, approximately 0.5m in height also contains structures built of flat slabs with associated midden deposits.

The hinterland contains further amorphous mounds, with the tops of edge-set stones protruding above the turf indicating the presence of further buried structures.

The features and deposits currently visible seem to indicate that this site is the remains of an extra-mural settlement associated with the adjacent broch (6198).

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 on foot (no footpath)
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

This site should be considered in association with the adjacent broch (6198).

Recommendations:

Maintain priority 2 status.