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Augmund Howe Or Egmondshowe (6710)

Current Priority
2
East
367650
North
1037540
Site Type
Cairn
Period
4th-3rd mill BC

This cairn is located on the coast edge and has suffered considerable damage from coastal erosion. The original dimensions are unknown; it is now sub-oval in shape, measuring 8m by 20m. It stands up to 3m high, above bedrock. The eastern side has been severely damaged by the sea; quantities of stony core material are exposed and eroding in the banks and there are occasional hints of structural stone. The western side has been damaged by cattle poaching. There was some suggestion of recent amateur digging within the body of the mound at the time of this visit. This site requires urgent attention; investigation of the remaining portion may at least provide a ground plan, a date, a summary of the stratigraphy and may determine if there was a central chamber. Ref.: NSA (1845), Vol 15, 136; Marwick, H (1923) 'Antiquarian Notes on Sanday', POAS, 1 (1922-3), 21-9; RCAHMS (1946) # 450; RCAHMS (1980) #1.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - assess condition of the site ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record SY63 on map Sanday: Map 6 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
3407
SMR
SMR306

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21st April, 2013 by queenkara
Survey Information
User:
queenkara
Date:
April 21, 2013
Tidal state:
mid
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
Other threats?:
animal burrows; visitor erosion
Description:

This cairn is located on the coast edge and has suffered considerable damage from coastal erosion. The original dimensions are unknown; it is now sub-oval in shape, measuring 8m by 20m. It stands up to 3m high, above bedrock. The eastern side has been severely damaged by the sea; quantities of stony core material are exposed and eroding in the banks and there are occasional hints of structural stone. The western side has been damaged by cattle poaching. There was some suggestion of recent amateur digging within the body of the mound at the time of this visit. This site requires urgent attention; investigation of the remaining portion may at least provide a ground plan, a date, a summary of the stratigraphy and may determine if there was a central chamber. Ref.: NSA (1845), Vol 15, 136; Marwick, H (1923) 'Antiquarian Notes on Sanday', POAS, 1 (1922-3), 21-9; RCAHMS (1946) # 450; RCAHMS (1980) #1.

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- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

possible deliberate deturfing visible in small patches

Recommendations:

Further investigation; evidence of erosion so urgent investigation required.