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Netherton (6597)

Current Priority
3
East
441100
North
1121387
Site Type
Structural Remains
Period
Indeterminate

A concentration of stone, apparently structural, is exposed over a distance of 5m at the base of a sandy coastal section. There are also quantities of stone on the foreshore nearby which may have eroded out of the section. The nature of the remains is difficult to determine because the section is obscured by large quantities of collapsed turf. The stone lies beneath 2.5m of deposits, comprising interleaving layers of blown sand and cultivation soils. It appears to lie above till.

28/05/14 Recent erosion has exposed the stonework and anthropogenic deposits described. A clay rich buried soil overlies till at the northwest end of the beach. A mass of boulder sized stone overlying the clay deposit is eroding from the base of the coast edge. They are within a c. 1m thick soily sand containing rare frags of animal bone, and fish bone. We observed 2 discrete lenses of charcoal. The boulders must represent a structure but no clear wall or arrangement is visible.

25/02/2018 Site largely as described, although erosion has continued and the site has been further damaged. Less stonework is visible, and is mostly fewer, larger stones along a shorter length of section. The beach profile appears to have changed, with redeposition of sand obscuring the base of the section. The lack of cultural material in the associated deposits has suggested a naust (s) as a possible interpretation

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 SM51 on map South Mainland: Map 6 in Shetland Coastal Survey: South Mainland, Lunnasting, Whalsay, 1998

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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28th May, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 28, 2014
Tidal state:
high
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Description:

A concentration of stone, apparently structural, is exposed over a distance of 5m at the base of a sandy coastal section. There are also quantities of stone on the foreshore nearby which may have eroded out of the section. The nature of the remains is difficult to determine because the section is obscured by large quantities of collapsed turf. The stone lies beneath 2.5m of deposits, comprising interleaving layers of blown sand and cultivation soils. It appears to lie above till.

28/05/14 Recent erosion has exposed the stonework and anthropogenic deposits described. A clay rich buried soil overlies till at the northwest end of the beach. A mass of boulder sized stone overlying the clay deposit is eroding from the base of the coast edge. They are within a c. 1m thick soily sand containing rare frags of animal bone, and fish bone. We observed 2 discrete lenses of charcoal. The boulders must represent a structure but no clear wall or arrangement is visible.

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
Recommendations:

Rapidly eroding. Record and sample for dating. Reassign to priority 1.

25th February, 2018 by EllieSCHARP
Survey Information
User:
EllieSCHARP
Date:
Feb. 25, 2018
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:

A concentration of stone, apparently structural, is exposed over a distance of 5m at the base of a sandy coastal section. There are also quantities of stone on the foreshore nearby which may have eroded out of the section. The nature of the remains is difficult to determine because the section is obscured by large quantities of collapsed turf. The stone lies beneath 2.5m of deposits, comprising interleaving layers of blown sand and cultivation soils. It appears to lie above till.

28/05/14 Recent erosion has exposed the stonework and anthropogenic deposits described. A clay rich buried soil overlies till at the northwest end of the beach. A mass of boulder sized stone overlying the clay deposit is eroding from the base of the coast edge. They are within a c. 1m thick soily sand containing rare frags of animal bone, and fish bone. We observed 2 discrete lenses of charcoal. The boulders must represent a structure but no clear wall or arrangement is visible.

25/02/2018 Site largely as described, although erosion has continued and the site has been further damaged. Less stonework is visible, and is mostly fewer, larger stones along a shorter length of section. The beach profile appears to have changed, with redeposition of sand obscuring the base of the section. The lack of cultural material in the associated deposits has suggested a naust (s) as a possible interpretation

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Monitor for further change, reassign priority 3