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Allasdale Dunes, Barra, Western Isles

Allasdale Dunes, Barra, Western Isles

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In May 2007, an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ within Allasdale Dunes, on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides (centred on NGR 065610 802830), to investigate a number of cist graves and stone structures eroding out of the sand dunes.
The aim of the evaluation was to investigate the nature of the burials and structures within a large sand dune blow-out, and to add further information to the results of an earlier rescue excavation. The project also aimed to investigate a large earthen mound nearby, considered by local tradition to be a Viking burial mound.
In May 2007, an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ within Allasdale Dunes, on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides (centred on NGR 065610 802830), to investigate a number of cist graves and stone structures eroding out of the sand dunes.
The aim of the evaluation was to investigate the nature of the burials and structures within a large sand dune blow-out, and to add further information to the results of an earlier rescue excavation. The project also aimed to investigate a large earthen mound nearby, considered by local tradition to be a Viking burial mound.

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10/17/2011

 
Wessex Archaeology 
October 2008 
Ref: 65305 
 Allasdale Dunes, BarraWestern Isles, Scotland
 Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
October 2008 
Ref: 65305 
 Allasdale Dunes, BarraWestern Isles, Scotland
 Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
 
Allasdale Dunes, Barra, Western Isles, Scotland
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Prepared on behalf of:
Videotext Communications Ltd49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONW12 8QP
By:
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EB
Report reference: 65305.01
October 2008
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2008, all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
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Allasdale Dunes, Barra, Western Isles, Scotland
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Contents
SummaryAcknowledgements
1BACKGROUND..................................................................................................11.1Introduction................................................................................................11.2Site Location, Topography and Geology and Ownership......................11.3Archaeological Background......................................................................2
 Neolithic.......................................................................................................2 Bronze Age...................................................................................................2 Iron Age........................................................................................................4
1.4Previous Archaeological Work at Allasdale............................................52AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.................................................................................63METHODS...........................................................................................................73.1Geophysical Survey....................................................................................73.2Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................74RESULTS.............................................................................................................84.1Introduction................................................................................................84.2Geophysical Survey (Figures 1 and 2)......................................................8
Gradiometer and Magnetic Susceptibility Survey.......................................8 Resistance Survey.........................................................................................8The Viking Burial Mound.............................................................................9
4.3Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................9
 Area 1 ( 
Figure 3 & 4 
 )..................................................................................9 Area 2 ( 
Figure 5
 ).......................................................................................10 Area 3 ( 
Figure 6 
 ).......................................................................................12Trench 4 ( 
Figure 7 
 )...................................................................................12
5FINDS.................................................................................................................135.1Introduction..............................................................................................135.2Pottery.......................................................................................................135.3Stone..........................................................................................................155.4Human Bone.............................................................................................155.5Animal Bone.............................................................................................215.6Marine Shell..............................................................................................225.7Other Finds...............................................................................................226PALAEO-ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT...........................................236.1Introduction..............................................................................................236.2Methods.....................................................................................................236.3Charred Plant Remains...........................................................................236.4Charcoal....................................................................................................246.5Molluscs and Foraminifera.....................................................................246.6Fish and Small Mammal Bones..............................................................256.7Summary...................................................................................................25

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