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Rethie Taing (6793)

Current Priority
2
East
365110
North
1044240
Site Type
Possible Chambered Cairn
Period
4th-3rd mill BC

A grassy mound which lies on the coast edge has been damaged by erosion. It appears to have been originally circular or sub-circular and about 25m in diameter. The mound is prominently sited on a natural knoll, on a short headland. It extends, beneath a drystone wall, into a cultivated field and has been truncated by ploughing. On the seaward side, the erosion face is uneven and overgrown but sections of walling and part of a probable passage are visible. The passage is about 1m wide; its walls stand up to 0.4m high and can be traced into the mound for 1.6m. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #4.

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

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Record SY146 on map Sanday: Map 11 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
3532
SMR
SMR140

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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26th April, 2013 by beverley
Survey Information
User:
beverley
Date:
April 26, 2013
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
vegetation growth; animal burrows
Description:

A grassy mound which lies on the coast edge has been damaged by erosion. It appears to have been originally circular or sub-circular and about 25m in diameter. The mound is prominently sited on a natural knoll, on a short headland. It extends, beneath a drystone wall, into a cultivated field and has been truncated by ploughing. On the seaward side, the erosion face is uneven and overgrown but sections of walling and part of a probable passage are visible. The passage is about 1m wide; its walls stand up to 0.4m high and can be traced into the mound for 1.6m. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #4.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Check for tides and cattle if visiting. See pictures for further visual information.

Recommendations:

Continue to monitor, especially after any storms.

Photos

beverley's image
by beverley
beverley's image
by beverley
beverley's image
by beverley