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Ouse Point (6726)

Current Priority
2
East
367149
North
1039479
Site Type
Coastal Exposure
Period
Unknown: ?10-14th C

Three fragments of walling are exposed in a coastal section along Ouse Point: a narrow strip of land which extends between Kettletoft Bay and its inner bay, the Peerie Sea. The walling is coursed and stands up to 0.5m/5 courses high. Two of the wall fragments, which protrude from the section face at oblique angles, appear to represent the side and end walls of a rectangular structure with the corner already destroyed by the sea. The third fragment of walling protrudes at a right angle from the section and may be part of an internal dividing wall. On this assumption, the building measures at least 20m in length. Floor levels are suggested by successive layers of flat slabs, interspersed with grey clay and fine gravel. Associated soil deposits contain inclusions of animal bone, shell and mortar. The possible date range for this structure ranges from the Norse to post-medieval periods.

Sections of the wall are being washed out. In 2012 4 large magnetite ore lumps found falling out of wall back face. May be boat noust to south.

Outline of rectangular building visible as earthworks above ground. Three patches of stonework visible in the section. The westernmost area is all that remains of the north wall, the rest of the north elevation has been eroded out. The middle and eastern areas of stone possibly represent an internal wall and the east wall. All stand to around 0.5m high and around 5-6 courses are visible, with clay bonding.

CP- site visited with 'Kirkhall' after she found several lumps of magnetite on the foreshore in the general vicinity. More lumps identified on the site. These immediately underlie turf and overlie the uppermost remains of a wall. The landward side of the site was very overgrown and hard to interpret.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record SY79 on map Sanday: Map 6 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
306701
SMR
Unknown

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26th May, 2013 by cparker
Survey Information
User:
cparker
Date:
May 26, 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?:
none
Description:

Three fragments of walling are exposed in a coastal section along Ouse Point: a narrow strip of land which extends between Kettletoft Bay and its inner bay, the Peerie Sea. The walling is coursed and stands up to 0.5m/5 courses high. Two of the wall fragments, which protrude from the section face at oblique angles, appear to represent the side and end walls of a rectangular structure with the corner already destroyed by the sea. The third fragment of walling protrudes at a right angle from the section and may be part of an internal dividing wall. On this assumption, the building measures at least 20m in length. Floor levels are suggested by successive layers of flat slabs, interspersed with grey clay and fine gravel. Associated soil deposits contain inclusions of animal bone, shell and mortar. The possible date range for this structure ranges from the Norse to post-medieval periods.

Sections of the wall are being washed out. In 2012 4 large magnetite ore lumps found falling out of wall back face. May be boat noust to south.

Outline of rectangular building visible as earthworks above ground. Three patches of stonework visible in the section. The westernmost area is all that remains of the north wall, the rest of the north elevation has been eroded out. The middle and eastern areas of stone possibly represent an internal wall and the east wall. All stand to around 0.5m high and around 5-6 courses are visible, with clay bonding.

CP- site visited with 'Kirkhall' after she found several lumps of magnetite on the foreshore in the general vicinity. More lumps identified on the site. These immediately underlie turf and overlie the uppermost remains of a wall. The landward side of the site was very overgrown and hard to interpret.

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- difficult terrain
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Geophysical survey, plane table survey when vegetation dies back. Further investigation into the significance of the occurrence of magnetite.

24th April, 2013 by EllieSCHARP
Survey Information
User:
EllieSCHARP
Date:
April 24, 2013
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
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

Three fragments of walling are exposed in a coastal section along Ouse Point: a narrow strip of land which extends between Kettletoft Bay and its inner bay, the Peerie Sea. The walling is coursed and stands up to 0.5m/5 courses high. Two of the wall fragments, which protrude from the section face at oblique angles, appear to represent the side and end walls of a rectangular structure with the corner already destroyed by the sea. The third fragment of walling protrudes at a right angle from the section and may be part of an internal dividing wall. On this assumption, the building measures at least 20m in length. Floor levels are suggested by successive layers of flat slabs, interspersed with grey clay and fine gravel. Associated soil deposits contain inclusions of animal bone, shell and mortar. The possible date range for this structure ranges from the Norse to post-medieval periods.

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:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Outline of rectangular building visible as earthworks above ground. Three patches of stonework visible in the section. The westernmost area is all that remains of the north wall, the rest of the north elevation has been eroded out. The middle and eastern areas of stone possibly represent an internal wall and the east wall. All stand to around 0.5m high and around 5-6 courses are visible, with clay bonding.

25th April, 2013 by kirkhall
Survey Information
User:
kirkhall
Date:
April 25, 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?:
none
Description:

Three fragments of walling are exposed in a coastal section along Ouse Point: a narrow strip of land which extends between Kettletoft Bay and its inner bay, the Peerie Sea. The walling is coursed and stands up to 0.5m/5 courses high. Two of the wall fragments, which protrude from the section face at oblique angles, appear to represent the side and end walls of a rectangular structure with the corner already destroyed by the sea. The third fragment of walling protrudes at a right angle from the section and may be part of an internal dividing wall. On this assumption, the building measures at least 20m in length. Floor levels are suggested by successive layers of flat slabs, interspersed with grey clay and fine gravel. Associated soil deposits contain inclusions of animal bone, shell and mortar. The possible date range for this structure ranges from the Norse to post-medieval periods.

Sections of the wall are being washed out. In 2012 4 large magnetite ore lumps found falling out of wall back face. May be boat noust to south.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; vehicular access; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

This is a rapidly eroding vulnerable site, despite being in a sheltered inner sea area.

Recommendations:

Survey to establish extent of site. Sampling.