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Hookin (6346)

Current Priority
2
East
349920
North
1051270
Site Type
Farmstead And Farm Mound
Period
18-20th C

A ruinous farmstead, comprising a dwelling house and outbuildings, is built on a slight rise, which appear to be a farm mound of earlier date. Previously, numerous upright slabs, thought to be part of a settlement, were visible in exposure. Coastal erosion has since severely truncated the mound and has undermined several of the buildings. The deposits currently exposed in the coastal section comprise organic soils related to the farm mound and occassional large stones. The site is very vulnerable to further losses and should be kept under surveillance in case further archaeological deposits are exposed.

ShoreUPDATE 13 May 2015 The farm buildings are being eroded and undermined; a layer of flat stones representing a possible paved surface and organic soils are visible in section in the coast edge. Lengths of stonework visible in the coast edge appear to be two phases of historic coastal defence and buttressing for the farmstead. The erosion is severe and ongoing, though the features and deposits visible in the section all appear to relate to the post-medieval farmstead and attempts to defend it from erosion.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record PWT39 on map Papa Westray: Map 2 in Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment Survey 1998: Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa Westray, West Mainland, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
2886
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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13th May, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 13, 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
Other threats?:
structural damage/decay
Description:

A ruinous farmstead, comprising a dwelling house and outbuildings, is built on a slight rise, which appear to be a farm mound of earlier date. Previously, numerous upright slabs, thought to be part of a settlement, were visible in exposure. Coastal erosion has since severely truncated the mound and has undermined several of the buildings. The deposits currently exposed in the coastal section comprise organic soils related to the farm mound and occassional large stones. The site is very vulnerable to further losses and should be kept under surveillance in case further archaeological deposits are exposed.

ShoreUPDATE 13 May 2015

The farm buildings are being eroded and undermined; a layer of flat stones representing a possible paved surface and organic soils are visible in section in the coast edge. Lengths of stonework visible in the coast edge appear to be two phases of historic coastal defence and buttressing for the farmstead. The erosion is severe and ongoing, though the features and deposits visible in the section all appear to relate to the post-medieval farmstead and attempts to defend it from erosion.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (footpath)
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Reassign to priority 3