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South Ronaldsay, Mossetter

Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Site Name South Ronaldsay, Mossetter

Classification Burnt Mound (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 9552

Site Number ND48NW 8

NGR ND 449 863

NGR Description ND c. 449 863

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish South Ronaldsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND48NW 8 c. 449 863

According to Mr J Halcro (6 Erland Terrace, St Margaret's Hope) there was once a burnt mound in the area centred ND 449 863. He recalls when a boy about 50 years ago large quantities of black earth and burnt stones were regularly ploughed up. The present farmer at East Mossetter (S Manson) knows nothing of the site. This is probably RCAHMS (1946) second mound.

Visited by OS (AA) 20 May 1973.

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Field Visit (20 May 1973)

According to Mr J Halcro (6 Erland Terrace, St Margaret's Hope) there was once a burnt mound in the area centred ND 449 863. He recalls when a boy about 50 years ago large quantities of black earth and burnt stones were regularly ploughed up. The present farmer at East Mossetter (S Manson) knows nothing of the site. This is probably RCAHMS (1946) second mound.

Visited by OS (AA) 20 May 1973

Geophysical Survey (25 March 2018 - 25 April 2018)

ND 45391 86423 A magnetometry survey was carried out, 26 March – 25 April 2018, in advance of field ploughing, which focused on a large, low-lying mound. The survey showed a clear, organised structure within the mound, including a central feature, such as a hearth, cist or tank. On extending the survey to the E, a vast area of strong magnetic response was revealed. This was roughly circular in form and showed results that strongly resembled archaeological remains. The strength of the readings was far above those normally produced by archaeological remains and have been interpreted as volcanic in origin.

Archive: NRHE

Funder: Orkney Archaeology Society

Amanda Brend – Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA)

(Source DES Volume 19)

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