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RCAHMS: The Archaeological Sites and Monuments of Papa Westray and Westray

Date April 1981 - June 1982

Event ID 1132605

Category Project

Type Project


The records of archaeological sites included in the RCAHMS list for Papa Westray, Westray and adjacent smaller islands, published in 1983, were revised in April 2023. This task included updates to their location, classification and period, the creation of digital site-area polygons and the arrangement of site descriptions under a project heading. Revision was undertaken by Darroch Bratt and managed by George Geddes, HES. The text below is taken from the original report and outlines its scope and staffing.

‘This list of sites and monuments on the islands of Papa Westray, Westray and adjacent small islands, the third list for Orkney in this series, has been prepared by Dr R G Lamb, the Archaeology Officer of the Orkney Heritage Society. The archaeological survey of Orkney has been made possible by a generous annual grant to the Orkney Heritage Society by Occidental of Britain Inc., and the project is also supported by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, and the Orkney Islands Council.

The entries describing the monuments have been edited by Mr A Maclaren and Dr J N G Ritchie of the staff of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in order to bring them broadly into line with the format adopted for the Archaeological Sites and Monuments Series produced by the Commission; apart, however, for a few minor editorial changes, no alterations have been made to the text of Dr Lamb's Introduction. The assistance of Mr G Douglas, Mr I F C Fleming, Miss L Louden and Mr O T Morgan in the preparation of this list is gratefully acknowledged.

Because of the importance of recent archaeological work in the islands, funded largely by Scottish Development Department (Ancient Monuments Division), the directors of the various projects have been asked to contribute the entries on these sites. We are grateful to Dr D V Clarke, Miss O Owen, Dr A Ritchie and Mr N M Sharples for their assistance; these entries are followed by the initials of the author concerned’.


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