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Teanna Mhachair (9609)

Current Priority
1
East
77558
North
861701
Site Type
Midden; Wheelhouse (Possible)
Period
1st Millennium BC - 5th C AD

A possible wheelhouse and a large midden were recorded at this location. An area of beach c.35m long is covered with a large pile of stone, possibly structural in origin. Within this pile of stone a posthole surrounded by upright stones was discovered as well as a possible hearth, again surrounded by upright stones. Walls could be seen in the sand section and several artefacts were collected. These included pieces of pottery, slag and a hammerstone. This all appears to lie within a rich organic layer containing pottery, shells and animal bone which continues S along the beach for quite a distance. This is possibly the same site as 640. It lies c.1.5m below the top of the dune and the midden itself is c.0.5-1m at this point.

22/09/2014 ShoreUPDATE: As described, but further erosion has exposed clear structural evidence of at least one wheelhouse. This comprises the northern part of the external circular wall, at least 2 internal piers, midden, hearth and floor deposits. There is a further spread of stone and midden a few metres to the north of the main exposure. Archaeological remains extend at least 50m along the coast edge and stone from the structures is spread across the upper part of the beach in front of these exposures. At least 5 mounds can be seen in the hinterland behind the coast edge here. It is possible they are the buried remains of further Iron Age settlement.

August 2016 Erosion continues with some of the embedded stones either moved or fallen onto the beach.

Condition and current recommendations:

Condition
Eroding
Action
Visit - check condition; characterise site and obtain dating evidence ;
Excavate site - open area

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Record 637 on map 11 in CZAS, North Uist (west), 2005

Other records:

NMRS
Unknown
SMR
Unknown

ShoreUpdates

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22nd September, 2014 by Training3
Survey Information
User:
Training3
Date:
Sept. 22, 2014
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
Description:

A possible wheelhouse and a large midden were recorded at this location. An area of beach c.35m long is covered with a large pile of stone, possibly structural in origin. Within this pile of stone a posthole surrounded by upright stones was discovered as well as a possible hearth, again surrounded by upright stones. Walls could be seen in the sand section and several artefacts were collected. These included pieces of pottery, slag and a hammerstone. This all appears to lie within a rich organic layer containing pottery, shells and animal bone which continues S along the beach for quite a distance. This is possibly the same site as 640. It lies c.1.5m below the top of the dune and the midden itself is c.0.5-1m at this point. 22/09/2014 ShoreUPDATE: As described, but further erosion has exposed clear structural evidence of at least one wheelhouse. This comprises the northern part of the external circular wall, at least 2 internal piers, midden, hearth and floor deposits. There is a further spread of stone and midden a few metres to the north of the main exposure. Archaeological remains extend at least 50m along the coast edge and stone from the structures is spread across the upper part of the beach in front of these exposures. At least 5 mounds can be seen in the hinterland behind the coast edge here. It is possible they are the buried remains of further Iron Age settlement.

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
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Urgent action required. Upgrade to Priority 1*

7th August, 2016 by DavidNewman
Survey Information
User:
DavidNewman
Date:
Aug. 7, 2016
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; other
If other, please specify:

A small excavation has been made into the base of the deposits.

Description:

A possible wheelhouse and a large midden were recorded at this location. An area of beach c.35m long is covered with a large pile of stone, possibly structural in origin. Within this pile of stone a posthole surrounded by upright stones was discovered as well as a possible hearth, again surrounded by upright stones. Walls could be seen in the sand section and several artefacts were collected. These included pieces of pottery, slag and a hammerstone. This all appears to lie within a rich organic layer containing pottery, shells and animal bone which continues S along the beach for quite a distance. This is possibly the same site as 640. It lies c.1.5m below the top of the dune and the midden itself is c.0.5-1m at this point.

22/09/2014 ShoreUPDATE: As described, but further erosion has exposed clear structural evidence of at least one wheelhouse. This comprises the northern part of the external circular wall, at least 2 internal piers, midden, hearth and floor deposits. There is a further spread of stone and midden a few metres to the north of the main exposure. Archaeological remains extend at least 50m along the coast edge and stone from the structures is spread across the upper part of the beach in front of these exposures. At least 5 mounds can be seen in the hinterland behind the coast edge here. It is possible they are the buried remains of further Iron Age settlement.

August 2016 Erosion continues with some of the embedded stones either moved or fallen onto the beach.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains? (in section):
clearly visible in section
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible on foot (no footpath)
The site is:
is well known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

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