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Whalsies Ayre (6966)

Current Priority
2
East
438390
North
1134630
Site Type
Structure, Possible Longhouse
Period
10th-14th C

The remains of a rectangular structure are situated on level ground beside the shore. It measures at least 10m in length by 4m in width, although the north east corner of the building has been eroded by the sea. The walls are double-sided with a rubble core and measure between 1m to 1.5m in width. The stones used in their construction measure up to 0.5m by 0.75m. There were no internal features visible, but quantities of stone protruding from the earth in the surrounding area may be the remains of associated features. Part of circular dry stone enclosure lies to the west of the building. The remains may be those of a Norse or medieval settlement.

20.05.15 Site located, north side underwater, walls more poorly preserved than in description.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Survey site - using several techniques to characterise site

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Record EB17 on map 5 in Shetland Burra and Trondra, 2001

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

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20th May, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
May 20, 2015
Tidal state:
mid
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
none
Description:

The remains of a rectangular structure are situated on level ground beside the shore. It measures at least 10m in length by 4m in width, although the north east corner of the building has been eroded by the sea. The walls are double-sided with a rubble core and measure between 1m to 1.5m in width. The stones used in their construction measure up to 0.5m by 0.75m. There were no internal features visible, but quantities of stone protruding from the earth in the surrounding area may be the remains of associated features. Part of circular dry stone enclosure lies to the west of the building. The remains may be those of a Norse or medieval settlement.

20.05.15 Site located, north side underwater, walls more poorly preserved than in description.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

Becoming submerged.

Recommendations:

Reassign to priority 2. Include in a project to survey the coast edge and intertidal sites on this peninsula.