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Conducted by D.M.Irving
Greyabbey Bay, Bootown
MRD149:012 Stone Alignments
Description On File
This feature is situated at a distance of over 200m from the shoreline in a relatively flat area of
silty sand. Red boulder clay is visible in patches. The feature consists of a roughly north/south
stone alignment measuring 15.8m in length. The stones range in size from small to large, with the
majority being medium to large. Tumble is evident on the western side of the structure, indicating
that the feature was originally several courses high. At right angles to this line are three smaller
stone alignments. The longest of these measures 4.9m, and petered out towards the east. An
alignment of 3.6m in a roughly triangular shape is the southernmost line of the group. A small
alignment of 2.0m lies between the two larger ones. The stones are similar in size to the north/
south alignment. Two stakes were noted within the structure, with a further alignment of three
stakes or posts to the east of the feature. Another post was recovered, in isolation, some distance
away to the east. No function can be suggested for the feature at this juncture. Timber samples for
C14 dating could perhaps offer more information about the structure.
Taken from the south of the feature looking NNW
The ‘roughly triangular’ section.
The central section.
Looking obliquely across the northern end of the feature
Taken from the north of the feature looking due south.
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