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Munker Hoose (6378)

Current Priority
1
East
348700
North
1052700
Site Type
Broch And Settlement
Period
1st mill. BC-1st mill. AD

An extensive prehistoric-early historic settlement underlies St Boniface's chapel and graveyard (PWT6) and is partially exposed in the coastal section. The section stands up to 5m in height and contains a mass of structural remains interspersed with midden and occupation deposits. Tapestry excavation and section recording, carried out in the 1990's (Lowe, 1998), confirmed the presence of a broch, and an extra-mural broch settlement, a post-broch house, a wag and a farm mound of 12th-13th C date. Parts of these structures are still visible in the exposed section face. This section face is very vulnerable to further erosion and should be closely monitored so that new appearances can be evaluated and recorded.

ShoreUPDATE 13 May 2015 As described. Extensive structural remains and midden deposits are visible in the coast edge, including the remains of the broch and other substantial buildings, including at least one wheelhouse. The remains of multiple phases are visible and the section is very complex. At least five mounds are visible in the immediate hinterland. Plastic from the 1990s excavation is visible in one small place in the section.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Monitor site to report fresh exposures

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Record PWT7 on map Papa Westray: Map 1 in Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment Survey 1998: Westray, Papa Westray, Holm of Papa Westray, West Mainland, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
2867
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
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

An extensive prehistoric-early historic settlement underlies St Boniface's chapel and graveyard (PWT6) and is partially exposed in the coastal section. The section stands up to 5m in height and contains a mass of structural remains interspersed with midden and occupation deposits. Tapestry excavation and section recording, carried out in the 1990's (Lowe, 1998), confirmed the presence of a broch, and an extra-mural broch settlement, a post-broch house, a wag and a farm mound of 12th-13th C date. Parts of these structures are still visible in the exposed section face. This section face is very vulnerable to further erosion and should be closely monitored so that new appearances can be evaluated and recorded.

ShoreUPDATE 13 May 2015 As described. Extensive structural remains and midden deposits are visible in the coast edge, including the remains of the broch and other substantial buildings, including at least one wheelhouse. The remains of multiple phases are visible and the section is very complex. At least five mounds are visible in the immediate hinterland. Plastic from the 1990s excavation is visible in one small place in the section.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Reassign to priority 1