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East Surrigarth (6228)

Current Priority
2
East
349248
North
1045184
Site Type
Chambered Cairn
Period
4th-3rd millennium BC

A mound, highly likely to be a chambered cairn, measuring 20m long and standing up to 1m high, has been truncated by the sea. The surviving portion measures about 8m wide. The coastal exposure contains structural remains, including several columns of masonry, which have collapsed in-situ, along with edge-set blocks and upright slabs. Towards the centre of this 25m long exposure, there are remnants of coursed walling which stands up to 0.7m high. A large horizontal slab which is located to the south end of the section may be part of a larger feature. This site is highly vulnerable to further damage and requires urgent assessment.

06/07/2014 ShoreUPDATE

As described. Possibly more exposed than in the 1998 survey. Dry stone structural remains at least 1m high form low mound upon 2-3m of till overlying bedrock. No sign of midden material. On the east side of the mound, 3 upright slabs could form chambers. Horizontal slabs could form the roof of a passage. Looks like a chambered cairn.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site ;
Excavate site - test pitting

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Record WT104 on map Westray: Map 10 in Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment Survey 1998: Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa Westray, West Mainland, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
296355
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

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6th July, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
July 6, 2014
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
Description:

A mound, highly likely to be a chambered cairn, measuring 20m long and standing up to 1m high, has been truncated by the sea. The surviving portion measures about 8m wide. The coastal exposure contains structural remains, including several columns of masonry, which have collapsed in-situ, along with edge-set blocks and upright slabs. Towards the centre of this 25m long exposure, there are remnants of coursed walling which stands up to 0.7m high. A large horizontal slab which is located to the south end of the section may be part of a larger feature. This site is highly vulnerable to further damage and requires urgent assessment.

06/07/2014 ShoreUPDATE

As described. Possibly more exposed than in the 1998 survey. Dry stone structural remains at least 1m high form low mound upon 2-3m of till overlying bedrock. No sign of midden material. On the east side of the mound, 3 upright slabs could form chambers. Horizontal slabs could form the roof of a passage. Looks like a chambered cairn.

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 (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Located upon rock and till coast edge, elevated from beach level. Has obviously been damaged in the past, but most vulnerable to extreme weather events. Re-assign Priority 2.