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Aird An Runair (9391)

Current Priority
2
East
69482
North
871299
Site Type
Wall
Period
Unknown

A short length of probable wall eroding out of the sand section, surrounded by shell midden. It is not visible within the hinterland behind the sand section.

Update visit December 2015

There now appear to be two distinct areas of ?wall eroding out of the Northern escarpment slope on the northern end of the peninsula. The more easterly section can be traced up from the shoreline up the slope some 10-12 metres. It seems likely that these residual portions of wall might be associated with an enclosure to a settlement building which remains covered within the dune. There was limited evidence of midden material associated with both portions discovered, mostly shell remains with some bone fragments, some of which were carbonised.

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

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

1 ShoreUpdate accepted and 0 pending.

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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; animal burrows
Description:

A short length of probable wall eroding out of the sand section, surrounded by shell midden. It is not visible within the hinterland behind the sand section.

Update visit December 2015 There now appear to be two distinct areas of ?wall eroding out of the Northern escarpment slope on the northern end of the peninsula. The more easterly section can be traced up from the shoreline up the slope some 10-12 metres. It seems likely that these residual portions of wall might be associated with an enclosure to a settlement building which remains covered within the dune. There was limited evidence of midden material associated with both portions discovered, mostly shell remains with some bone fragments, some of which were carbonised.

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?:
easily accessible- no restrictions; accessible- difficult terrain; accessible on foot (footpath)
The site is:
is well visited
Comments and recommendations
Comments:

The site is very close to the public footpath through the RSPB Balranald reserve, and although the site is not obvious, it probably has a relatively high footfall locally

Recommendations:

Keep observation of the site to examine for any further uncovering of archaeological materials/remains/features

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