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North Mire (6765)

Current Priority
1
East
362050
North
1037990
Site Type
Cairn & Coastal Exposure
Period
4th-3rd mill BC

The seaward side of an overgrown mound, which lies at the top of 5m high banks, is being eroded by the sea. The 12m long coastal exposure reveals a cairn, comprising a concentration of beach stone, uprights and coursed walling. To the centre of the section, a block of walling, made up of larger stones appears to be part of a small chamber or cist structure. Other structural features include a large upright slab which protrudes from the north end of the cairn and an associated 2.2m long fragment of coursed masonry. The cairn lies over an OGS, which covers a thin deposit of till over bedrock. The cairn, although badly damaged in parts, extends inland for a further 12m. It remains very vulnerable to further erosion. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #13.

21/04/2014

As described. Arrangement of stone suggests internal structure. No cultural material visible in deposits suggesting a burial cairn rather than habitation or settlement remains. Low mound behind coastal section with occasional stone protruding from turf.

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 ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record SY118 on map Sanday: Map 9 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
3433
SMR
SMR245

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21st April, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
April 21, 2014
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
Description:

The seaward side of an overgrown mound, which lies at the top of 5m high banks, is being eroded by the sea. The 12m long coastal exposure reveals a cairn, comprising a concentration of beach stone, uprights and coursed walling. To the centre of the section, a block of walling, made up of larger stones appears to be part of a small chamber or cist structure. Other structural features include a large upright slab which protrudes from the north end of the cairn and an associated 2.2m long fragment of coursed masonry. The cairn lies over an OGS, which covers a thin deposit of till over bedrock. The cairn, although badly damaged in parts, extends inland for a further 12m. It remains very vulnerable to further erosion. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #13.

21/04/2014

As described. Arrangement of stone suggests internal structure. No cultural material visible in deposits suggesting a burial cairn rather than habitation or settlement remains. Low mound behind coastal section with occasional stone protruding from turf.

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)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Good candidate for low level aerial photography (kite/pole/drone) to create structure from motion point cloud and model of coast edge and detailed rectified photograph of eroding section.