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North Ronaldsay, Ancumtoun

Mound (Period Unassigned)

Site Name North Ronaldsay, Ancumtoun

Classification Mound (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Parkhouse

Canmore ID 3662

Site Number HY75SE 15

NGR HY 7673 5491

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Cross And Burness
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY75SE 15 7673 5491

A large, sandy, oval mound lies 200 yds SW of Parkhouse farm (HY 7679 5501) in the middle of a cultivated field about midway between the public road and the shore. It measures 140ft NW-SE by 115ft transversely, and is about 7ft high. Apart from its isolation and its conspicuousness, there is no indication that the mound is other than natural. Although the crest is broken, there is little trace of stone and none of kitchen-midden refuse or burnt material.

(RCAHM apply the description of this site to HY75NE 1)

RCAHMS MSS notebook (C S T Calder) 1928; RCAHMS 1946.

HY 7673 5491. Probably a consolidated sand dune.

Visited by OS (NKB) 20 July 1970.

A big, prominent, oval mound some 2m high, sand-blown but its summit has many hollows and irregularities and a lush growth of nettles. Strongly suggests an abandoned settlement mound or tell.

RCAHMS 1980.


Field Visit (August 1979)

As described by Calder. Summit has many hollows and

irregularities, it is not clear whether these are structures or

sand quarries; and extensive cover of nettles. The whole

strongly suggests an abandoned and sand-blown settlement mound or

farmstead tell.

Information from Orkney SMR (RGL) Aug 79.

Orkney Smr Note

A large sandy oval mound in middle of a cultivated field

about midway between the public road and the shore. 140ft NW-SE

x 115ft x 7ft high. Apart from its isolation and

conspiciousness, no indication it is not natural. Crest broken

but little trace of stone, and no kitchen midden refuse or burnt

material. [R1]

Probably a consolidated sand dune. OS visit Jul 70.

Striking circular with a flat top. No stones or midden

visible but could be a broch with sandblow over. NoSAS 15

J Hedges Sep 77.

Information from Orkney SMR


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