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Ebb Of Seater (6770)

Current Priority
1
East
362514
North
1039285
Site Type
Mound & Coastal Exposure
Period
Unknown: ?prehistoric

(i) A grassy mound, 15m in diameter and 1.5m high, is located some 20m from the coast edge. (ii) On the coast, archaeological deposits have been exposed in section by coastal erosion. The erosion face extends for 16m and is up to 1.3m deep. A concentration of horizontally-set slabs towards the base of the section, which cover an OGS, may represent a surface. To the north of this, fragments of a structure are associated with an anthropogenic soil, containing charcoal and peatash. Further north again, a probable heath setting is exposed in section; the soil deposits contain inclusions of peatash and burnt bone.

21/04/2014 Dry stone structural remains extend over a 20m stretch of coast edge. These comprise from the north: a mound or bank with a stone core, possibly a section through a wall; a stretch of concentrated stone, mush of it horizontally laid, possible representing further walling; and what appears to be a rectangular cut possibly lined and filled with stone with evidence of in situ burning. The burnt area also contains frequent nodules of iron. Iron pan was observed in other parts of the section, so this could be naturally precipitated iron pan. However, the concentration in the burnt area could indicate it is is metal working debris.

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 SY123 on map Sanday: Map 9 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
306723
SMR
Unknown

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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:

(i) A grassy mound, 15m in diameter and 1.5m high, is located some 20m from the coast edge. (ii) On the coast, archaeological deposits have been exposed in section by coastal erosion. The erosion face extends for 16m and is up to 1.3m deep. A concentration of horizontally-set slabs towards the base of the section, which cover an OGS, may represent a surface. To the north of this, fragments of a structure are associated with an anthropogenic soil, containing charcoal and peatash. Further north again, a probable heath setting is exposed in section; the soil deposits contain inclusions of peatash and burnt bone.

21/04/2014 Dry stone structural remains extend over a 20m stretch of coast edge. These comprise from the north: a mound or bank with a stone core, possibly a section through a wall; a stretch of concentrated stone, mush of it horizontally laid, possible representing further walling; and what appears to be a rectangular cut possibly lined and filled with stone with evidence of in situ burning. The burnt area also contains frequent nodules of iron. Iron pan was observed in other parts of the section, so this could be naturally precipitated iron pan. However, the concentration in the burnt area could indicate it is is metal working debris.

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?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Sanday Archaeology Group Project?

Recommendations:

Clean, record and sample for dating and for evidence of metal working activity. These remains are very possibly related to earthwork banks, enclosures and walling in the vicinity. Sites: 12773, 12774 and 6769. Survey all features and look at their relationship. Reassign priority 1