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Rousay, Westness

Naust (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Rousay, Westness

Classification Naust (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Moaness

Canmore ID 2184

Site Number HY32NE 32

NGR HY 3766 2928

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Rousay And Egilsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY32NE 32 3766 2928

See also HY32NE 7 and HY32NE 17.

At HY 3766 2928 the Norwegians excavators of the nearby Viking graves (HY32NE 7) have uncovered the remains of two rectangular drystone buildings, one apparently overlying the other. According to local information, the excavators believe this to be a Viking boat noust, but the quality of the building suggests that it may be a later house. Excavation report pending.(See S H H Kaland 1973).

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (AA) 10 October 1972.

This noust [naust] was situated (for shelter) on the E side of Moaness and oriented NW-SE. It was shown by excavation to measure 4.5m in breadth but had been reduced by marine erosion to a length of no more than 8m. It was dug into the sand, had an inner stone wall, and was apparently large enough to house two small boats or a ship.

S H H Kaland 1993.


Orkney Smr Note (September 1980)

On E side of Moaness a reclangular naust, aligned NE-SW, 10m

x 5m, two-period. Its second phase is quite like a modern Orkney

naust, the erlier period being a substantial building. A few

rivets found. [R1]

Presumably related to nearby Norse settlement. - see OR 534.

'Norwegians have uncovered remains of two rectangular

drystone buildings one apparently overlying the other. According

to local information the excavators believe this to be a Viking

naust, but quality of building suggests it may be a later house.'

OS visit Oct 82.

Now backfilled.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Sep 1980.


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