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Point Of Buckquoy

Midden (Period Unassigned), Structure(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Point Of Buckquoy

Classification Midden (Period Unassigned), Structure(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 1811

Site Number HY22NW 22

NGR HY 2427 2834

NGR Description Centred on HY 2427 2834

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Birsay And Harray
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY22NW 22.00 Centred on 2427 2834

HY22NW 22.01 Centred on HY 2428 2835 Stones

A small shell midden on the natural deposit, and overlain by grey sandy loam with some flat stones, and turf. Clearing of the exposed area in 1978 (cutting 6) revealed structural remains in association with the midden material dating to the Bronze Age, with later structures above, probably boat-nausts (HY22NW 45). Close by, to the W of Cutting 6, there was further evidence of midden, with later deposits of stone perhaps representing structural phases up to recent times. These deposits were examined in 1978 as Cutting 5. Despite a stone wall revetment built in 1978/9, erosion has continued with considerable amounts of rubble or a collapsed wall very evident by 1982.

C D Morris 1979f; 1979h; 1979i; 1980a; 1983; 1989

Radiocarbon dates of 3260 +/- 180bp (GU-1222) and 3260 +/- 90 (GU-1556) were obtained from samples of carbonised grain and mammal bone from cuttings 5 and 6. Small finds are in Tankerness House Museum, Kirkwall; biological material in RMS, Edinburgh.


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