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Whalsies Ayre (6970)

Current Priority
2
East
438702
North
1134820
Site Type
Structure, Possible Long House
Period
10th-14th C

A quantity of strewn stone covers an area some 26m by 26m in size. Within this concentration, large stones and fragments of walling define the remains of a structure. It lies on the shore and is actively eroding. The structure is a large sub-rectangular building with bowed long walls and a curved gable. It measures at least 10m in length and 6m in width but the wall lines can be seen to continue into the sea, where only largest stones survive. The walls are up to 2m thick in parts and are faced on both sides with large orthostats. Natural sections cut through walls by erosion indicate a rubble core filled also with a soil matrix containing peat ash and charcoal. In the interior of the building stones protruding through the grass are suggestive of internal features. A fragmentary wall curves around the building. This site is interpreted as the remains of a long house of the Viking/Norse period. The remains of associated walls and structures or enclosures adjoin the building.

20.05.15 Site located, identifiable from description, exposed section similar to description. The structure is being submerged and lies partly in the intertidal zone and partly behind the coast edge.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2018 As described. Pottery recovered from eroding sections. Possibly of earlier date than initially suggested by CZAS record?

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 EB21 on map 5 in Shetland Burra and Trondra, 2001

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

2 ShoreUpdates accepted and 0 pending.

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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:

A quantity of strewn stone covers an area some 26m by 26m in size. Within this concentration, large stones and fragments of walling define the remains of a structure. It lies on the shore and is actively eroding. The structure is a large sub-rectangular building with bowed long walls and a curved gable. It measures at least 10m in length and 6m in width but the wall lines can be seen to continue into the sea, where only largest stones survive. The walls are up to 2m thick in parts and are faced on both sides with large orthostats. Natural sections cut through walls by erosion indicate a rubble core filled also with a soil matrix containing peat ash and charcoal. In the interior of the building stones protruding through the grass are suggestive of internal features. A fragmentary wall curves around the building. This site is interpreted as the remains of a long house of the Viking/Norse period. The remains of associated walls and structures or enclosures adjoin the building.

20.05.15 Site located, identifiable from description, exposed section similar to description. The structure is being submerged and lies partly in the intertidal zone and partly behind the coast edge.

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

No visible erosion since description, reassign to priority 2. Detailed survey of site and associated features.

23rd February, 2018 by EllieSCHARP
Survey Information
User:
EllieSCHARP
Date:
Feb. 23, 2018
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
intertidal
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion
Description:

A quantity of strewn stone covers an area some 26m by 26m in size. Within this concentration, large stones and fragments of walling define the remains of a structure. It lies on the shore and is actively eroding. The structure is a large sub-rectangular building with bowed long walls and a curved gable. It measures at least 10m in length and 6m in width but the wall lines can be seen to continue into the sea, where only largest stones survive. The walls are up to 2m thick in parts and are faced on both sides with large orthostats. Natural sections cut through walls by erosion indicate a rubble core filled also with a soil matrix containing peat ash and charcoal. In the interior of the building stones protruding through the grass are suggestive of internal features. A fragmentary wall curves around the building. This site is interpreted as the remains of a long house of the Viking/Norse period. The remains of associated walls and structures or enclosures adjoin the building.

20.05.15 Site located, identifiable from description, exposed section similar to description. The structure is being submerged and lies partly in the intertidal zone and partly behind the coast edge.

ShoreUPDATE 23/02/2017 As described. Pottery recovered from eroding sections. Possibly of earlier date than initially suggested by CZAS record?

Management Information
Comments and recommendations