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Orkney Smr Note

Date July 1979

Event ID 617138

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Orkney Smr Note


Settlement of wheelhouses excavated W Traill 1884, J Traill

1889. [R1], [R2]

RCAMS summaries excavation reports. [R3]

Hamilton interprets as Iron Age settlement contemporary with

brochs - 2 large roundhouses on either side of a pared courtyard

accompanied by rectangular byres and steadings. [R4]

All now visible is SE arc of a wheelhouse (i on Traill's

plan) 5 courses high; 2 erect slabs being ends of radial piers;

amorphous traces of walling. OS visit Jul 70.

Whole area of Howmae is said to be tunneled by underground

buildings which extend as far as the farm of Kirbist; hollow

sound of ground especially notable in frosty weather. [R5]

As described OS except that only a very short length of

apparently straight wall now showing. The sea is seriously

attacking the dunes to the SW, but no settlement traces are now

visible in the erosion exposure.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Jul 79.

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