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Data Structure Report of Small-scale sampling at Mealasta, Lewis, Western Isles of Scotland

Nesbitt, C.; Church, M.J.; Gilmour, S.M.D.


S.M.D. Gilmour


The area of Mealasta is known to be the location of medieval settlement, with a possible nunnery on the headland. A sampling exercise was undertaken in September 2011 by a team from Durham University and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, led by Dr Mike Church and Dr Simon Gilmour, to record a section of the shoreline which was becoming eroded. The strategy was to take soil samples and coring samples from the immediate area of the erosion to ascertain the date of the archaeology that is evident there and perhaps define the nature of the site. The sampling strategy involved removing 14 soil samples for analysis in the laboratory and 6 core samples that were taken at various points behind the eroding edge for sediment analysis. The post-fieldwork analysis is still on-going; this document presents the stratigraphy of the recorded section together with survey data and section drawings. The fieldwork was commissioned by Dr David Caldwell of National Museums Scotland and was funded by the Hunter Trust.


Nesbitt, C., Church, M., & Gilmour, S. (2011). Data Structure Report of Small-scale sampling at Mealasta, Lewis, Western Isles of Scotland. [No known commissioning body]

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date Sep 1, 2011
Deposit Date Oct 20, 2014
Publicly Available Date Nov 13, 2014
Additional Information Publisher: Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Type: monograph
Subtype: project_report


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