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Sanaigmore Bay (7460)

Current Priority
2
East
123552
North
670998
Site Type
Deflation Hollow With Artefact Scatters
Period
1st mill BC- 1st Mill AD

In an eroding exposure in the dunes behind the beach and to the S side of a watercourse, there are scatters of shell, burnt stone, animal bone and unworked flint. A single pot sherd and a single struck flint flake were also noted (but not recovered). This area has previously yielded numerous stray artefacts of prehistoric type and it is likely that further in-situ archaeological deposits survive nearby. The scatters noted during this survey all lay among deflation surfaces. To the peripheries of the deflation hollow, a layer of dark grey humic soil, an old ground surface, has been exposed in section. This is likely to be the layer from which the artefact scatters derive. It lies between 1m and 1.5m below the modern ground surface. The floor of the deflation hollow now lies some 0.5m or more beneath the base of this layer and thus it is probable that no in-situ remains survive within this area. It is highly likely, however, that this deposit extends beyond the deflated area. The area should be kept under regular surveillance for the appearance of new exposures of old ground surface and associated archaeological deposits. An exposure of OGS is located at NR 23537 71179, although no features of archaeological interest were noted. RCAHMS, Canmore.

ShoreUPDATE 25 June 2015

Worked flints (including burnt flint), small fragments of degraded pottery, shell and animal bone were found on the sandy surface near the southern edge of the recorded site. The site is largely as described, though a further anthropogenic deposit was noted lower down in the sequence, beneath the layer of blown sand which underlies the OGS seen higher up in the section. It seems unlikely that artefacts noted came from the upper OGS seen in section, but from this lower disturbed surface currently visible.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Poor
Action
Undertake DBA - analysis of aerial photographs ;
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Monitor site, as part of a local group project

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Record IY256 on map 24 in Islay, 2003

Other records:

NMRS
37525
SMR
2128

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26th June, 2015 by training1
Survey Information
User:
training1
Date:
June 26, 2015
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
>50m
Coastally eroding?:
active wind erosion (in dunes only)
Other threats?:
stock erosion; vehicle damage
Description:

In an eroding exposure in the dunes behind the beach and to the S side of a watercourse, there are scatters of shell, burnt stone, animal bone and unworked flint. A single pot sherd and a single struck flint flake were also noted (but not recovered). This area has previously yielded numerous stray artefacts of prehistoric type and it is likely that further in-situ archaeological deposits survive nearby. The scatters noted during this survey all lay among deflation surfaces. To the peripheries of the deflation hollow, a layer of dark grey humic soil, an old ground surface, has been exposed in section. This is likely to be the layer from which the artefact scatters derive. It lies between 1m and 1.5m below the modern ground surface. the floor of the deflation hollow now lies some 0.5m or more beneath the base of this layer and thus it is probable that no in-situ remains survive within this area. It is highly likely, however, that this deposit extends beyond the deflated area. The area should be kept under regular surveillance for the appearance of new exposures of old ground surface and associated archaeological deposits. An exposure of OGS is located at NR 23537 71179, although no features of archaeological interest were noted. RCAHMS, Canmore.

ShoreUPDATE 25 June 2015

Worked flints (including burnt flint), small fragments of degraded pottery, shell and animal bone were found on the sandy surface near the southern edge of the recorded site. The site is largely as described, though a further anthropogenic deposit was noted lower down in the sequence, beneath the layer of blown sand which underlies the OGS seen higher up in the section. It seems unlikely that artefacts noted came from the upper OGS seen in section, but from this lower disturbed surface currently visible.

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:

Systematic fieldwalking exercise of the deflation surface to record and recover finds could give information about the date and character of the site