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Woo (6803)

Current Priority
2
East
366790
North
1045330
Site Type
Coastal Exposure: Settlement
Period
Unknown: ?prehistoric

A low mound lies on the coast edge and is being eroded by the sea. In the erosion face, archaeological deposits are exposed for over 25m in section which stands no more than 2m high. These comprise mainly of layers of dirty sand, probably part of an old ground surface, which are up to 0.4m thick. This 'surface' covers a band of shell midden, up to 0.2m thick, which in turn covers till. There are occasional larger stones visible in the section, but the area is too overgrown to determine if these may constitute structural remains. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #97.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair/poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence

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Record SY156 on map Sanday: Map 11 in Orkney Coastal Survey: Sanday & North Ronaldsay, 1999

Other records:

NMRS
3492
SMR
SMR258

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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:

A low mound lies on the coast edge and is being eroded by the sea. In the erosion face, archaeological deposits are exposed for over 25m in section which stands no more than 2m high. These comprise mainly of layers of dirty sand, probably part of an old ground surface, which are up to 0.4m thick. This 'surface' covers a band of shell midden, up to 0.2m thick, which in turn covers till. There are occasional larger stones visible in the section, but the area is too overgrown to determine if these may constitute structural remains. Ref.: RCAHMS (1980), #97.

CP- as described above. There is a tent-shaped drain in the section made from 3 sections of flagstone and packing stones. The cut for this can be seen through the midden material so it must postdate the site. It is still in use.

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

Monitoring and recording exposure. Reassign priority 2 on basis of extent of erosion.

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