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Fethaland, Isle Of Fethaland

Steatite Workings (Period Unknown)

Site Name Fethaland, Isle Of Fethaland

Classification Steatite Workings (Period Unknown)

Canmore ID 884

Site Number HU39SE 5

NGR HU 3778 9448

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Shetland Islands
  • Parish Northmavine
  • Former Region Shetland Islands Area
  • Former District Shetland
  • Former County Shetland

Archaeology Notes

HU39SE 5 3778 9448.

(Area: HU 377 943) The most extensive group of steatite workings on Shetland occurs on a precipitous outcrop close to the sea at Cleber Geos, on the east side of the Isle of Fethaland. Though they cannot be dated, there are plentiful traces of the cutting of urns, bowls and vessels of all sorts.

RCAHMS 1946, visited 1931

Centred at HU 3780 9450, old steatite workings as described.

Visited by OS(RL) 17 May 1969

Activities

Field Visit (30 August 2015)

Found site as described by RCAHMS and OS with extensive workings stretching approximately 30 metres at mid level of cliffs and for 30 metres to the sea edge. Scores of bowl and box shapes have been cut in addition to other odd shapes, tool marks and graffiti. Large debris field runs from the left side toward the sea as well where large accumulations mix with blocks which have fallen away though difficult to discern what is natural erosion. Greatest threats are continued graffiti and erosive forces due largely to land collapse rather than sea action.

Visited by Scotland's Coastal Heritage at Risk (SCHARP) 30 August 2015

Field Visit

Several small outcrops and a sheer vertical mass of steatite form part of the coast edge. The vertical face is marked with both modern graffiti and tool marks which may be of earlier date. Grass-covered heaps of stone debris are strewn towards the base of the cliff and may derive from quarrying. There is little evidence of the 'extensive' workings described by RCAHMS and OS surveyors, and it may be that the area has been damaged by erosion.

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

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