Stroma, Nethertown

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Site Type MIDDEN, STRUCTURE
Canmore ID 9366
Site Number ND37NE 7
NGR ND 356 784
Council HIGHLAND
Parish CANISBAY
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District CAITHNESS
Former County CAITHNESS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

ND37NE 7 356 784.

(ND 356 784) Ruins etc., Nethertown: Immediately to the S of Nethertown harbour are remains which are probably prehistoric. Some 20ft to the S of Whitehouse there protrude, a few inches through the turf, two slabs set on edge, parallel and 3ft apart, while 2ft to the W of the most northerly is another in alignment with it. It was stated that, along the coast, towards the N, were many such cist-like settings of slabs, known as "Picts' Beds", but no others, except such as here recorded, have been noted. On the N side of the house, at the edge of the bank, are exposed the ruins of a structure in which upright slabs are visible, set parallel 2ft 10ins apart, with bones and shells intermingling with the debris.
RCAHMS 1911.

In the eroded coastline at ND 3569 7847 N and E of White- house, can be seen a section of old walling about 1.6m high by 30.0m long in which there is a great amount of kitchen midden material, animal bones and shells, and also three stone slabs set on edge at the S end of the wall, possibly the remains of cists or "Picts' Beds". The parallel slabs "set on edge, some 20ft to the S of Whitehouse" could not be found. No further information on this site could be obtained locally.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (R D) 1 March 1965.

No change to the previous field report.
Visited by OS (J M) 8 July 1982.

 
Books and References

RCAHMS (1911b) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, London
Page(s): 21, No. 60 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(3).R

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