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Field Visit

Date 1999

Event ID 882236

Category Recording

Type Field Visit


A large overgrown mound stands on the site where, in the 19th C, excavations revealed two probable Iron Age houses. The two large round houses stood to either side of a flagged yard, flanked by smaller outbuildings. Built into a sand dune, the houses were radially partitioned and there was some evidence to suggest that they may have had corbelled roofs. Finds from the site include pottery, stone objects and a saddle quern; these were donated to NMAS. The structures are now covered by blown sand. Ref.: Traill, W (1885) 'Notice of excavations at Stennabreck and Howmae in North Ronaldsay, Orkney', PSAS, 19, 1884-5, 14-33; Traill, J (1890) 'Notes on the further Excavations of Howmae, 1889', PSAS, 24, 1889-90, 444, 451-61; RCAHMS (1946), #195; RCAHMS (1980), #107.

Moore & Wilson 1999.

Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, 1999

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