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Traigh Tuath, Sorisdale (7038)

Current Priority
2
East
127179
North
763869
Site Type
Old Ground Surface With Midden Scatter
Period
Unknown

A spread of stone, shell and animal bone associated with a probable old ground surface is exposed in the base of a blow out within an area of high dunes. Small scraps of flint and pumice are also present, although no tools or debitage was noted. The spread extends over an area measuring some 20m by 10m. Previous work in this area by RCAHMS uncovered an inhumation burial with a beaker vessel within a stone setting and associated with anthropogenic spreads. The area is unstable and liable to erode rapidly. It is recommended that a full survey together with methodical collection be carried out without delay and that the area be kept under surveillance for the appearance of new exposures.References: Ritchie and Crawford, 1980. ShoreUPDATE 15/02/17, as described above.

Condition and current recommendations:

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

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Record C13 on map 1 in Report on a Coastal Zone Assessment on the Islands of Coll and Tiree, 2002

Other records:

NMRS
21703
SMR
293

ShoreUpdates

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15th February, 2017 by Callum
Survey Information
User:
Callum
Date:
Feb. 15, 2017
Tidal state:
low
Site located?:
Yes
Condition Information
Proximity to coast edge:
>50m
Coastally eroding?:
active wind erosion (in dunes only); has eroded in the past
Is there a coastal defence?:
no
Other threats?:
animal burrows
Description:

A spread of stone, shell and animal bone associated with a probable old ground surface is exposed in the base of a blow out within an area of high dunes. Small scraps of flint and pumice are also present, although no tools or debitage was noted. The spread extends over an area measuring some 20m by 10m. Previous work in this area by RCAHMS uncovered an inhumation burial with a beaker vessel within a stone setting and associated with anthropogenic spreads. The area is unstable and liable to erode rapidly. It is recommended that a full survey together with methodical collection be carried out without delay and that the area be kept under surveillance for the appearance of new exposures.References: Ritchie and Crawford, 1980. ShoreUPDATE 15/02/17, as described above.

Management Information
How visible are the remains? (above ground):
limited visibility (partial remains)
How accessibile is the site?:
accessible- difficult terrain
The site is:
is not locally known
Comments and recommendations
Recommendations:

Further survey and investigation. Retain priority score, possibly reassign priority 2.