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Papa Westray, Backiskaill

Naust(S) (Post Medieval)

Site Name Papa Westray, Backiskaill

Classification Naust(S) (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 2892

Site Number HY45SE 49

NGR HY 4844 5082

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 49 4844 5082.

In the shoreline above the old jetty at Backiskaill is a row of contiguous nausts, built of turf and erect slabs, 2m to 2.5m wide and up to 5.5m long. The three northern most open at beach level, and derelict winches stand at the heads of two of these. The three to the S are truncated, with their floors some 0.5m above the top of the beach. To the S, a small limpet shell-midden, probably representing shellfish used for bait, has been exposed by erosion.

RCAHMS 1983, visited June 1982.


Field Visit (1998)

Six contiguous noosts are sited around the head of the shore, close to a shell midden. The noosts have walls constructed from turf and upright slabs. They measure in the region of 2m to 2.5m wide and are up to 5.5m long. Two derelict winches are located nearby. The shell midden is almost wholly comprised of limpet and most probably derives from fishermen's bait.

Moore and Wilson, 1998

Orkney Coastal Zone Assessment


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