MHG35171 - Occupation Site - Skye, Orbost


No summary available.

Type and Period (2)

  • LITHIC SCATTER (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Created automatically by NMRS Register Utility
User: Admin, Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
NG24SE 43 2565 4255

NG 2565 4255 In August 1996, a stray find of a struck flake of quality heliotropic bloodstone on the floor of a sheep rub-out led to an examination of the area.
The initial site comprises a soil/gravel/rock horizon, with a thin, dark possible occupation layer, overlying low (6m OD) basaltic sea cliffs, fronting a flat area of hinterland. Subsequent observation and collection produced a quantity of chipped stone from the primary location as well as from other similar erosion features, extending the southern seaward frontage of the site to some 100m.
The most striking feature of the lithic assemblage is the frequent occurrence of (?Rum) bloodstone and related cryptocrystalline silicates including chalcedony, agate, quartz and rock crystal. Altered mudstone is also present.
In June 1999, an exploratory trench, 2 x 1m, was dug in order to establish the stratigraphy and extent of the lithic lode. Preliminary findings suggest that the archaeology extends inland. The lowest layer of the trench exposed a hearth-like structure which requires further investigation.
The collected and excavated assemblage includes microliths, cores, other retouched pieces as well as predominant debitage. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)



Grid reference Centred NG 2565 4255 (30m by 30m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NG24SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish DUIRINISH

Finds (4)

  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)
  • CORE (Mesolithic - 8000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • FLAKE (Mesolithic - 8000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • DEBITAGE (Mesolithic - 8000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

External Links (1)

Comments and Feedback

Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.