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North Uist, Aird An Runair; Hougharry; Traigh Nam Faoghailean (9386)

Current Priority
2
East
69700
North
870900
Site Type
Midden
Period
Unknown

Traced up to 80m from the beach line and for a length of about 100m. Pottery, slag, shell and fishbone found in 1978. A large shell midden was visible at this location as pockets along the dune front. It measures c.3m thick and extends for a length of c.50m. It appears to continue into the hinterland where is it visible on the surface as opposed to in section. A lot of stone is visible eroding on to the beach with some upstanding segments c.2m thick with peat ash lenses.

Update visit December 2015 This extensive site appears to be still deteriorating on the shoreline escarpment, mostly due to storm damage and grazing cows causing slippage. IA pottery fragments were visible in many sections and some sections of exposed masonry walling.

There were no apparent traces of the site in the hinterland area which is now well covered in vegetation, affording the site some much needed protection.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record 414 on map 8 in CZAS, North Uist (west), 2005

Other records:

NMRS
9762
SMR
Unknown

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15th December, 2015 by Smilemaker
Survey Information
User:
Smilemaker
Date:
Dec. 15, 2015
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
coast edge
Coastally eroding?:
active sea erosion; active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
stock erosion; visitor erosion
Description:

Traced up to 80m from the beach line and for a length of about 100m. Pottery, slag, shell and fishbone found in 1978. A large shell midden was visible at this location as pockets along the dune front. It measures c.3m thick and extends for a length of c.50m. It appears to continue into the hinterland where is it visible on the surface as opposed to in section. A lot of stone is visible eroding on to the beach with some upstanding segments c.2m thick with peat ash lenses.

Update visit December 2015 This extensive site appears to be still deteriorating on the shoreline escarpment, mostly due to storm damage and grazing cows causing slippage. IA pottery fragments were visible in many sections and some sections of exposed masonry walling.

There were no apparent traces of the site in the hinterland area which is now well covered in vegetation, affording the site some much needed protection.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
not visible
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well visited
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

A watching brief to monitor future exposures. If there is significant further erosion, consideration could be given to intervene.

23rd September, 2014 by richardG
Survey Information
User:
richardG
Date:
Sept. 23, 2014
Tidal state:
low
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
Description:

Traced up to 80m from the beach line and for a length of about 100m. Pottery, slag, shell and fishbone found in 1978. A large shell midden was visible at this location as pockets along the dune front. It measures c.3m thick and extends for a length of c.50m. It appears to continue into the hinterland where is it visible on the surface as opposed to in section. A lot of stone is visible eroding on to the beach with some upstanding segments c.2m thick with peat ash lenses.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
easily accessible- no restrictions
The site is:
don't know
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

site is as previously described but continues to erode.

Recommendations:

none