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Bu Of Cairston (6304)

Current Priority
2
East
327200
North
1009600
Site Type
Settlement- Possible Broch
Period
1st millennium BC-1st millennium AD

A coastal exposure, over 50m long, contains structural remains but is so overgrown that these are not clearly identifiable. The section face stands up to 3m in height and along with series of upright slabs there are anthropogenic soil deposits which contain inclusions of bone and shell. The site has been eroding for many years and collections of artefacts and unworked bone have been collected and deposited at Tankerness House Museum. Previous recorders have interpreted the site as a broch and associated settlement. The site has never been thoroughly assessed, however, and it may be that significant remains of both earlier and later periods are also present.

ShoreUPDATE 10 May 2015

As described, the remains visible in section are largely unchanged. This site lies in a low-energy environment and the coast edge is well-vegetated. A concrete tank has been built against the section at the southern end.

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 ML40 on map Mainland: Map 5 in Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment Survey 1998: Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa Westray, West Mainland, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
1548
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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

A coastal exposure, over 50m long, contains structural remains but is so overgrown that these are not clearly identifiable. The section face stands up to 3m in height and along with series of upright slabs there are anthropogenic soil deposits which contain inclusions of bone and shell. The site has been eroding for many years and collections of artefacts and unworked bone have been collected and deposited at Tankerness House Museum. Previous recorders have interpreted the site as a broch and associated settlement. The site has never been thoroughly assessed, however, and it may be that significant remains of both earlier and later periods are also present.

ShoreUPDATE 10 May 2015

As described, the remains visible in section are largely unchanged. This site lies in a low-energy environment and the coast edge is well-vegetated. A concrete tank has been built against the section at the southern end.

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
Recommendations:

Reassign to priority 2.