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Hangie Head, Tres Ness (6689)

Current Priority
2
East
371200
North
1038000
Site Type
Mound & Earthwork
Period
Unknown: ?prehistoric

A low mound, which may be artificial, lies adjacent to the coast edge. It is sub-oval in shape, measuring some 25m by 12m and stands no more than 1m high. A modern marker cairn has been constructed on its highest point. The seaward side of the mound has been damaged by coastal erosion and stonework, which appears to be of a structural nature, is exposed in an erosion face which extends for 10m and is up to 1m high. This area is used by nesting fulmars. To the north side of the mound can be seen the faint outline of a curvilinear earthwork. This is up to 2m in width and extends for 15m or more inland, running to the west of the mound. The Ref.: Orkney Name Book No.2, 1879; RCAHMS (1946) #446; RCAHMS (1980) #156.

ShoreUPDATE 14 May 2015 As described, some structural stone is visible at the south end including a wall face and possible paving. No cultural material is visible in the exposure. This site may be a burial cairn; there is a chambered cairn (a scheduled monument) at the tip of the point.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record SY42 on map Sanday: Map 4 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
3565
SMR
SMR115

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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16th May, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 16, 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:

A low mound, which may be artificial, lies adjacent to the coast edge. It is sub-oval in shape, measuring some 25m by 12m and stands no more than 1m high. A modern marker cairn has been constructed on its highest point. The seaward side of the mound has been damaged by coastal erosion and stonework, which appears to be of a structural nature, is exposed in an erosion face which extends for 10m and is up to 1m high. This area is used by nesting fulmars. To the north side of the mound can be seen the feint outline of a curvilinear earthwork. This is up to 2m in width and extends for 15m or more inland, running to the west of the mound. The Ref.: Orkney Name Book No.2, 1879; RCAHMS (1946) #446; RCAHMS (1980) #156.

ShoreUPDATE 14 May 2015 As described, some structural stone is visible at the south end including a wall face and possible paving. No cultural material is visible in the exposure. This site may be a burial cairn; there is a chambered cairn (a scheduled monument) at the tip of the point.

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