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Bannaminn (6904)

Current Priority
1
East
436408
North
1131068
Site Type
Structure, Possible House
Period
10th-14th C

A rectangular structure, measuring about 15m by 6m, lies on the coast edge and is actively eroding. One side wall and parts of the end walls are exposed and actively collapsing. In the coastal section, the west side wall can be seen to stand up to six courses or 0.95m high. It is built on a sandy soil and is covered with a layer of windblown sand. The stones within the wall measure 0.6m by 0.3m, on average. The east side wall, which is slightly bowed, and most of the north and south ends are covered with turf and are not under immediate threat. The remains may be those of a Viking/Norse period house.

29/05/14 As described. South wall and southwest corner gone. Southeast corner up to 5 courses survive. Interior archaeological deposits comprise c. 30cm of reddish brown homogenous clayey sand. This overlies natural sand and till, and is overlaid by c. 0.5m of blown sand. No artefacts noticed, however 3 angular quartz chunks recovered from base of section. One appears very like a core. These may not be associated with the structure.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2018 As described, though further damaged by erosion. The coast edge here continues to erode and a large piece of turf has recently slumped onto the section from above. The walling at the southeast corner seen in 2014 to stand to 5 courses has been damaged and undermined. Large stones on the beach immediately in front of the section may be the remains of eroded walls.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair-poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record WB11 on map 3 in Shetland Burra and Trondra, 2001

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

2 ShoreUpdates accepted and 0 pending.

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29th May, 2014 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 29, 2014
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?:
animal burrows
Description:

A rectangular structure, measuring about 15m by 6m, lies on the coast edge and is actively eroding. One side wall and parts of the end walls are exposed and actively collapsing. In the coastal section, the west side wall can be seen to stand up to six courses or 0.95m high. It is built on a sandy soil and is covered with a layer of windblown sand. The stones within the wall measure 0.6m by 0.3m, on average. The east side wall, which is slightly bowed, and most of the north and south ends are covered with turf and are not under immediate threat. The remains may be those of a Viking/Norse period house.

29/05/14 As described. South wall and southwest corner gone. Southeast corner up to 5 courses survive. Interior archaeological deposits comprise c. 30cm of reddish brown homogenous clayey sand. This overlies Natural sand and till, and is overlaid by c. 0.5m of blown sand. No artefacts noticed, however 3 angular quartz chunks recovered from base of section. One appears very like a core. These may not be associated with the structure.

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
Recommendations:

Structure eroding. This would be an ideal community evaluation/excavation. Good access, Burra history society locally and museum seems to have classroom style space.

23rd February, 2018 by jo
Survey Information
User:
jo
Date:
Feb. 23, 2018
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

A rectangular structure, measuring about 15m by 6m, lies on the coast edge and is actively eroding. One side wall and parts of the end walls are exposed and actively collapsing. In the coastal section, the west side wall can be seen to stand up to six courses or 0.95m high. It is built on a sandy soil and is covered with a layer of windblown sand. The stones within the wall measure 0.6m by 0.3m, on average. The east side wall, which is slightly bowed, and most of the north and south ends are covered with turf and are not under immediate threat. The remains may be those of a Viking/Norse period house.

29/05/14 As described. South wall and southwest corner gone. Southeast corner up to 5 courses survive. Interior archaeological deposits comprise c. 30cm of reddish brown homogenous clayey sand. This overlies natural sand and till, and is overlaid by c. 0.5m of blown sand. No artefacts noticed, however 3 angular quartz chunks recovered from base of section. One appears very like a core. These may not be associated with the structure.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2018 As described, though further damaged by erosion. The coast edge here continues to erode and a large piece of turf has recently slumped onto the section from above. The walling at the southeast corner seen in 2014 to stand to 5 courses has been damaged and undermined. Large stones on the beach immediately in front of the section may be the remains of eroded walls.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Maintain priority status