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Papa Westray, Cott

Naust(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Papa Westray, Cott

Classification Naust(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 2883

Site Number HY45SE 40

NGR HY 4988 5301

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Papa Westray
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY45SE 40 4988 5301.

There are several nausts in the steep banks facing smoothly shelving rocks directly below Cott; three of these, formed of upright flagstones, averaging 5m by 2m and pointed at the end are at the bottom of the slope giving access to the top of the beach. S of these and higher up are traces of at least five further nausts.

According to Mr W Irvine, Links, it was Cott that most of the Papay boats used to land their catches.

RCAHMS 1983, visited June 1982.


Orkney Smr Note (June 1982)

In the steep shore banks directly below Cott steading is a

group of nausts. 3 of these are in the lower slope of the banks

giving straight on to the top of the beach; they are formed of

upright slabs set in the fashion of flagstone fences, are

pointed-ended, and average 2m wide by 5m long. The chain for

securing a boat to a hole drilled through one of the flags,

survives in the southernmost naust. S of here and higher up the

slope, are heavily-overgrown traces of at least 5 further nausts.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Jun 82.

Field Visit (1998)

Several very overgrown noosts are located in rough grassland at the head of the shore. Three have walls formed from upright slabs and measure about 5m by 2m. The individual slabs are up to 1.75m high and 1.1m wide. These noosts look out on to a sandy beach. Up to five or more further, less distinct noosts are located nearby.

Moore and Wilson, 1998

Coastal Zone Assessment Survey


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