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West Puldrite

Barrow(S) (Prehistoric), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Site Name West Puldrite

Classification Barrow(S) (Prehistoric), Cist (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 2420

Site Number HY41NW 1

NGR HY 4148 1857

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Evie And Rendall
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY41NW 1 4148 1857.

(HY 4147 1857) Tumuli (NR)

OS 6"map, Orkney, 2nd ed.,(1900).

Two mounds, close together, the more southerly measuring 22ft in diameter and 3ft in height, the other 40ft in diameter and 5ft high. Both are composed mostly of fairly rich soil and are now turf and heather-covered.

The more northerly mound was excavated by the Commission on 27 August 1928. It contained a short cist (full description in J M Corrie 1929) which contained three skeletons, two of which had been pushed up into the east side of the cist to make way for the third, a crouched burial. No grave goods were found.

RCAHMS 1946; J M Corrie 1929.

Two turf-covered barrows, as described, situated in a pasture field at the top of a gentle slope. No trace of the cist can be seen in the more northerly one.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS(RL) 12 June 1967.

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Field Visit (12 June 1967)

Two turf-covered barrows, as described, situated in a pasture field at the top of a gentle slope. No trace of the cist can be seen in the more northerly one.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS(RL) 12 June 1967.

Field Visit (31 March 1994)

The two mounds at West Puldrite were recorded during the Orkney Barrows Project.

West Puldrite 1: The cist is still exposed and stands proud of the body of the mound. There are verticals of what could be another cist to the east of the existing one, in the central part of the mound. The cist that has been excavated is contained within the body of the mound and does not sit on ground level - it could be secondary? The mound measures 12.6m by 10.7m and is 1.05m in height. It is prominent on the skyline to the E for 1km.

West Puldrite 2: This mound measures 6.5m by 7.5m and is 0.7m in height. Some possible kerb is visible. It is in as prominent a position as mound 1, but is less visible as it is smaller.

Information from the Orkney Barrows Project (JD), 1994

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