Hatston

Souterrain, Structure(s)

Site Name Hatston

Classification Souterrain, Structure(s)

Alternative Name(s) 'just About Anything Earth-house'; Grainbank; Grain Earth-house

Canmore ID 2535

Site Number HY41SW 24

NGR HY 4418 1159

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Kirkwall And St Ola
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

4418 1159

A souterrain with a corbelled roof, partially intact, was found filled with peat-ash during car park and road construction. It may have had a side cell to the north. The souterrain was later blocked off and a new cell built to the north-east. A large structure was built on top, containing earth and paved floors and a hearth. Beyond the structure to the south was a stone setting and an extensive earth floor. It is not known how these preserved structures, of Iron Age date, relate to the adjacent Guardanship site of the Grainbank souterrain. Finds are deposited in Tankerness House Museum, Kirkwall.

D Haigh and B Smith 1982.

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