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Hoy, Dwarfie Hamars

Rock Shelter (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Hoy, Dwarfie Hamars

Classification Rock Shelter (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 308221

Site Number HY20SE 22

NGR HY 25013 00479

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Hoy And Graemsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney


Project (14 May 2009 - 18 May 2009)

HY 2450 0050 (A), HY 2350 0060 (B), HY 2070 0100 (C), HY 2060 0170 (D), ND 2060 9990 (E), HY 2130 0230 (F)

A walkover survey was undertaken on 14–18 May 2009 in the Rackwick and South Burn valleys in Hoy to provide a baseline for future work.

Six areas or transects (A–F) were walked and 37 sites were recorded. These included 31 previously unrecorded sites mostly consisting of post-medieval peat tracks and banks and WW2 remains. Transects (B–D and F) were walked across the broad U-shaped valleys to investigate upland glens, the valley floor and NMRS sites.

D Lee 2009

Field Visit (14 May 2009 - 18 May 2009)

Hoy and South Walls Landscape Interpretation

A visual assessment and exploration of part of the Hamars led to the discovery of a rock shelter (c9 x 5m and 2.5m high) at the NE end (HY 25013 00479) that may have been used in prehistory. No evidence of occupation was visible on the floor of the shelter but this could be buried below loose rock that has fallen from the roof.

D Lee 2009


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