Stroma, Nethertown

Midden, Structure

Site Name Stroma, Nethertown

Classification Midden, Structure

Canmore ID 9366

Site Number ND37NE 7

NGR ND 356 784

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Canisbay
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

356 784.

(ND 356 784) Ruins etc., Nethertown: Immediately to the S of Nethertown harbour are remains which are probably prehistoric. Some 20ft to the S of Whitehouse there protrude, a few inches through the turf, two slabs set on edge, parallel and 3ft apart, while 2ft to the W of the most northerly is another in alignment with it. It was stated that, along the coast, towards the N, were many such cist-like settings of slabs, known as "Picts' Beds", but no others, except such as here recorded, have been noted. On the N side of the house, at the edge of the bank, are exposed the ruins of a structure in which upright slabs are visible, set parallel 2ft 10ins apart, with bones and shells intermingling with the debris.

RCAHMS 1911.

In the eroded coastline at ND 3569 7847 N and E of White- house, can be seen a section of old walling about 1.6m high by 30.0m long in which there is a great amount of kitchen midden material, animal bones and shells, and also three stone slabs set on edge at the S end of the wall, possibly the remains of cists or "Picts' Beds". The parallel slabs "set on edge, some 20ft to the S of Whitehouse" could not be found. No further information on this site could be obtained locally.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 1 March 1965.

No change to the previous field report.

Visited by OS (J M) 8 July 1982.

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