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Ardnave (7565)

Current Priority
1
East
129270
North
673342
Site Type
Stone Spread
Period
Unknown

A linear spread of rounded and angular stones runs across the base of a blow out among sand dunes. Aligned NW-SE, it extends for 22m and is between 2m and 3m wide. There are no anthropogenic soils or deposits visibly associated with the spread and the only reason for suspecting that it might be structural in nature is the fact that the area is otherwise free of stone.

ShoreUPDATE 24/06/2015 Substantial shell midden approx. 7m x 25m x 1m high. Forms a low oval/crescent shaped mound at landward edge base of large blowout. A spread of cobble and boulder sized stone (as described above) is present to the west and south of the shell mound. Large fragments of coarse decorated prehistoric pot were visible across the shell mound. This looks very similar to the Early Bronze Age pottery from Kilellan Farm excavations (Ritchie, 2005). A sample of the pottery was collected for analysis. Fire-cracked stone present but not in large quantities. No lithics were seen on the day despite searching.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Fair
Action
Monitor site to report fresh exposures

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Record IY83 on map 22 in Islay, 2003

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
60244

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24th June, 2015 by training2
Survey Information
User:
training2
Date:
June 24, 2015
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
>50m
Coastally eroding?:
active wind erosion (in dunes only)
Other threats?:
stock erosion
Description:

A linear spread of rounded and angular stones runs across the base of a blow out among sand dunes. Aligned NW-SE, it extends for 22m and is between 2m and 3m wide. There are no anthropogenic soils or deposits visibly associated with the spread and the only reason for suspecting that it might be structural in nature is the fact that the area is otherwise free of stone.

ShoreUPDATE 24/06/2015 Substantial shell midden approx. 7m x 25m x 1m high. Forms a low oval/crescent shaped mound at landward edge base of large blowout. A spread of cobble and boulder sized stone (as described above) is present to the west and south of the shell mound. Large fragments of coarse decorated prehistoric pot were visible across the shell mound. This looks very similar to the Early Bronze Age pottery from Kilellan Farm excavations (Ritchie, 2005). A sample of the pottery was collected for analysis. Fire-cracked stone present but not in large quantities. No lithics were seen on the day despite searching.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

In 2007, a photographic record of the site was made by the Islay Archaeology Group, who also recorded numerous flint, pottery, fire-cracked stone and iron.

Recommendations:

This substantial apparent settlement site is actively eroding. New material and features are periodically noted and sometimes excavated. The piecemeal nature of the rescue and recording hinders and complicates the understanding of the site. A systematic excavation to rescue information to characterise and date the site is necessary. Re-Assign Priority 1.