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Russ Ness (6704)

Current Priority
2
East
369990
North
1040350
Site Type
Mound & Coastal Exoposure
Period
Unknown: ?prehistoric

A mound, which may represent an enhanced natural rise, is located within a pasture field, beside the coast edge. It is up to 40m in diameter and stands 1.5m or so in height. The seaward side of the mound is being eroded by the sea and archaeological deposits, probably derived from settlement, are exposed in the section. At the west end of the exposure a 1.3m deep deposit of buried soil can bee seen to extend over a distance of 9m. Further east, an old cultivation soil is associated with interleaving ashy lenses; structural remains lie over these deposits and are associated with anthropogenic layers containing peat ash and animal bone. The form of the structure is not readily visible in section but at least one stone-lined feature, possibly a drain, was seen. The section face is being further damaged by nesting fulmars and by rabbit burrowing. Chance finds from the section include fragments of pumice, pottery and small flint chips.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record SY57 on map Sanday: Map 5 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
306692
SMR
Unknown

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7th February, 2013 by Thorne
Survey Information
User:
Thorne
Date:
Feb. 7, 2013
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

A mound, which may represent an enhanced natural rise, is located within a pasture field, beside the coast edge. It is up to 40m in diameter and stands 1.5m or so in height. The seaward side of the mound is being eroded by the sea and archaeological deposits, probably derived from settlement, are exposed in the section. At the west end of the exposure a 1.3m deep deposit of buried soil can bee seen to extend over a distance of 9m. Further east, an old cultivation soil is associated with interleaving ashy lenses; structural remains lie over these deposits and are associated with anthropogenic layers containing peat ash and animal bone. The form of the structure is not readily visible in section but at least one stone-lined feature, possibly a drain, was seen. The section face is being further damaged by nesting fulmars and by rabbit burrowing. Chance finds from the section include fragments of pumice, pottery and small flint chips.

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?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations

Photos

Thorne's image
section by Thorne
Thorne's image
section by Thorne
Thorne's image
top of site by Thorne
Thorne's image
top of site by Thorne