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Duncansclett (6927)

Current Priority
2
East
436801
North
1130593
Site Type
Settlement
Period
1st Mill BC-1st Mill AD

Anthropogenic deposits and probable structural remains are eroding from a coastal exposure extending for more than 60m and up to 1.5m high. The section is very obscured by slumping turves. At the base of the section a series of horizontally laid slabs appear to be the remains of a structure up to 8m long. Surrounding this are numerous deposits containing shell, animal bone, pottery, worked stone, metal, charcoal and peat ash. The condition of the artefacts and ecofacts is very good. The anthropogenic soils are over 0.5m deep in places. A pit, 4m wide and 1m deep, is exposed in section; it is filled with charcoal rich soil. An isolated clump of nettles grows above the section over the pit. The pottery seen in section appeared to be of the later Iron Age or Early Historic period. The site is interpreted as a substantial settlement.

29/05/14

Generally as described. Probable structural remains comprise boulders which form a semicircle protruding from the base of the section. These are 8m in diameter and could be the base of a circular structure. If so at least half has been lost to coastal erosion. Few finds were visible in the section. Exposed soils in section probably overly the structure and may not be related. A fragment of quern found on the beach in front of the section.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2018

As described. Two semicircular groups of boulders noted on beach, largely obscured by storm beach pebbles c60m apart. Section partially covered by slumped turves but stock erosion causing damage, and soils exposed at top of section.

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 WB34 on map 3 in Shetland Burra and Trondra, 2001

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

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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; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion
Description:

Anthropogenic deposits and probable structural remains are eroding from a coastal exposure extending for more than 60m and up to 1.5m high. The section is very obscured by slumping turves. At the base of the section a series of horizontally laid slabs appear to be the remains of a structure up to 8m long. Surrounding this are numerous deposits containing shell, animal bone, pottery, worked stone, metal, charcoal and peat ash. The condition of the artefacts and ecofacts is very good. The anthropogenic soils are over 0.5m deep in places. A pit, 4m wide and 1m deep, is exposed in section; it is filled with charcoal rich soil. An isolated clump of nettles grows above the section over the pit. The pottery seen in section appeared to be of the later Iron Age or Early Historic period. The site is interpreted as a substantial settlement.

29/05/14

Generally as described. Probable structural remains comprise boulders which form a semicircle protruding from the base of the section. These are 8m in diameter and could be the base of a circular structure. If so at least half has been lost to coastal erosion. Few finds were visible in the section. Exposed soils in section probably overly the structure and may not be related. A fragment of quern found on the beach in front of the section.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
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:

The coast edge is obviously eroding, evidenced by hanging fence posts, and the structure has been half destroyed indicating significant coastal change here in the past. However, coastal erosion, although active is having a minimal impact upon this sheltered and vegetated coast edge. Re-assign priority 3.

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:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; animal burrows
Description:

Anthropogenic deposits and probable structural remains are eroding from a coastal exposure extending for more than 60m and up to 1.5m high. The section is very obscured by slumping turves. At the base of the section a series of horizontally laid slabs appear to be the remains of a structure up to 8m long. Surrounding this are numerous deposits containing shell, animal bone, pottery, worked stone, metal, charcoal and peat ash. The condition of the artefacts and ecofacts is very good. The anthropogenic soils are over 0.5m deep in places. A pit, 4m wide and 1m deep, is exposed in section; it is filled with charcoal rich soil. An isolated clump of nettles grows above the section over the pit. The pottery seen in section appeared to be of the later Iron Age or Early Historic period. The site is interpreted as a substantial settlement.

29/05/14

Generally as described. Probable structural remains comprise boulders which form a semicircle protruding from the base of the section. These are 8m in diameter and could be the base of a circular structure. If so at least half has been lost to coastal erosion. Few finds were visible in the section. Exposed soils in section probably overly the structure and may not be related. A fragment of quern found on the beach in front of the section.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2018 As described. Two semicircular groups of boulders noted on beach, largely obscured by storm beach pebbles c60m apart. Section partially covered by slumped turves but stock erosion causing damage, and soils exposed at top of section.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
limited visibility in section
Comments and recommendations