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Lewis, Sron A' Chrip

Human Remains (Period Unassigned), Midden (Period Unassigned), Shell Midden (Mesolithic), Death Burial Or Funerary Object(S) (Quartz)

Site Name Lewis, Sron A' Chrip

Classification Human Remains (Period Unassigned), Midden (Period Unassigned), Shell Midden (Mesolithic), Death Burial Or Funerary Object(S) (Quartz)

Canmore ID 72693

Site Number NB13NW 17

NGR NB 1007 3640

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Uig
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB13NW 17 1007 3640

NB 100 364 Fifteen sherds and fragments of I A or later pottery were collected from rabbit scrapes in the lower midden midden on Kneep headland. With finder - details with NMS.

Daybook number: DB 1991/77a

NMS 1992


Excavation (9 September 2013)

NB 1006 3640 A small-scale excavation of a coastal erosion section containing archaeological remains, was undertaken at Tràigh na Beirigh 9 in September 2013. This site was discovered following an erosion survey around the headland, to trace the full extent of the old ground surface and associated Late Mesolithic shell midden identified at Tràigh na Beirigh 2 (DES 2012, 190).

A 1.1m long section was cleaned to expose the sequence and was stepped back into the headland by c0.3m. All sediment excavated was bulk sampled for 100% recovery of ecofacts, artefacts and any remaining human bone fragments. The section and deposits were recorded, photographed and geo-referenced using GPS.

The basic stratigraphic sequence consisted of glacial till overlain by an old ground surface, midden material and a thick unit of machair sand. On excavation of these deposits, human remains of a single individual and over 40 struck quartz artefacts were recovered from the old ground surface. The human remains were found overlying a shell-rich midden which had been truncated by a V-shaped cut of a pit. The pit was filled by dark brown sand silt soil and a basal layer of cobbled-sized stones, which had been intentionally placed in order to form a surface. These deposits yielded anthropogenic material, such as shell, burnt bone, ash and numerous struck quartz artefacts. The trench section was reinforced with wooden pallets and then reinstated with stones, sand and turf.

Radiocarbon dates will be obtained from remains extracted from environmental samples. This will provide a chronological framework for the site and determine its relationship to others discovered around the headland. A full osteological assessment of the human remains will also be undertaken.

Archive: To be decided

Funder: National Science Foundation of America, Historic Scotland and University of Durham

L Snape-Kennedy, MJ Church, RR Bishop, C Clegg, L Johnson, S Piper,

PA Rowley-Conwy - University of Durham, 2013

(Source DES)

Field Visit (15 November 2014)

On the 15th November 2014 Black charcoal flecks visible and small amount of shell.

Visited by Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk (SCHARP)


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