Switha

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Site Type ENCLOSURE, SETTLEMENT (POSSIBLE)
Canmore ID 9465
Site Number ND39SE 13
NGR ND 3606 9058
Council ORKNEY ISLANDS
Parish WALLS AND FLOTTA
Former Region ORKNEY ISLANDS AREA
Former District ORKNEY
Former County ORKNEY
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

ND39SE 13 3606 9058.

A possible settlement site located at the head of the bay known as The Pool, comprises an enclosure c.16 x 16m formed by a stony bank c.2m wide. A low mound c.10 x 8m and 0.5m high lies immediately adjacent to the W connected to the cliff edge by a narrow bank c.1.5m wide and 0.3m high. On the E side of the enclosure is as light angular bank. The site overlooks a terrace on the S.
J R Hunter et al 1983.

The square enclosure recorded by Hunter (1983) is depicted on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Orkney and Shetland (Orkney) 1882, sheet cxxiii), but it is not shown on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1985).
Information from RCAHMS (AKK) 23 November 2000.

 
Books and References

Hunter, Dockrill and McKinley, J R, S J and J I (1984b) The sites and monuments of Cava, Rysa Little and Switha, Orkney, Bradford University Schools of Archaeological Sciences and Physics Occasional Papers, No.4 Bradford
Page(s): 31, no.18 fig.19 Held at RCAHMS D.9.2.HUN

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