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Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Scockness</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce

Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

One day I manaaged to walk from the pier on Rousay as far as Scockness. After navigating a field gate I followed the irregular shoreline to reach one of those enigmatic traditional 'Picts underground houses', which sits on a spit of land between Mae Sand and a tidal pond. From my visit it looks like as if it has been excavated at least once, with a slight hollow on the top and the pond-side rather too regular for simple erosion to my mind, and I fondly imagine the removal of a rectangular feature.
On the other side of the hill, by the N end of the Loch of Scockness, and only seperated from the sea by South Sand storm beach, is the Taft o' Faraclett Broch excavated in 1857. And up on the hill at Scockness Farm in 1994 an excavator hole showed that the chapel and burial ground had been built on a settlement mound also probably Iron Age. The Yetnasteeen standing stone is on the opposite hillside, a hill topped by the Faraclett mound that may be simply 'natural'.
wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce

Scockness (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Miscellaneous

Only the south side of RCAHMS record no. HY45SE 2, a grass-covered mound of gravel and small stones, survives due to erosion at the N and W part. It is 1.3m high and 12.5m E/W by 8m, thought not large enough for a broch so either a settlement or perhaps what's left of a cairn. Not a burnt mound they believe, owing to the absence of burnt material. wideford Posted by wideford
29th July 2017ce

Ness of Brodgar (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — News

Orkney archaeologists excited by incense pot discovery


Archaeologists say they have unearthed the remains of a so-called incense pot at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40681085
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
22nd July 2017ce

South Howe (Broch) — Links

Canmore


Archaeology Notes
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18th July 2017ce

South Howe (Broch) — News

Roman coin find in Orkney thrills archaeologists


Archaeologists are thrilled by the discovery of a Roman coin during the excavation of an archaeological site in Orkney.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-40606908
drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
18th July 2017ce

Yetnessteen (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Yetnessteen</b>Posted by wideford<b>Yetnessteen</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
9th July 2017ce

Maeshowe (Chambered Tomb) — Links

Historic Scotland 3D


New 3D exploration app for Maes Howe from Historic Scotland.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
29th June 2017ce

Taversoe Tuick (Chambered Tomb) — Images

<b>Taversoe Tuick</b>Posted by wideford wideford Posted by wideford
29th June 2017ce
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