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Swartmill (6235)

Current Priority
2
East
348049
North
1046080
Site Type
Structural Remains
Period
Indeterminate

In an exposure created by coastal erosion there are traces of structural remains. The exposure is approximately 10m long and is located 8m above the level of the beach. There are columns of masonry and occasional edge-set stones in the section, but these could not be further examined due to nesting fulmars. There is a slight rise in the ground level behind the exposure, suggesting that there may be further buried remains inland. There are no clear indications as to the nature or origin of these remains.

05/07/14 As described. Structural remains comprising slab built structures and dry stone walling located towards top of sand dune. Appears vulnerable but not much change since described in 1998.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record WT111 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
296444
SMR
Unknown

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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?:
has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

In an exposure created by coastal erosion there are traces of structural remains. The exposure is approximately 10m long and is located 8m above the level of the beach. There are columns of masonry and occasional edge-set stones in the section, but these could not be further examined due to nesting fulmars. There is a slight rise in the ground level behind the exposure, suggesting that there may be further buried remains inland. There are no clear indications as to the nature or origin of these remains.

05/07/14 As described. Structural remains comprising slab built structures and dry stone walling located towards top of sand dune. Appears vulnerable but not much change since described in 1998.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Cat 2 to 3 due to vulnerability in sand dune.

Recommendations:

Monitor