The Hoxa and Balfour Batteries are very evocative of World War Two as they overlooked (and defended) Scapa Flow, crucial harbourage for the Home Fleet. As with Lyness on Hoy, it is easy to imagine service personnel working round these sites on what must have been a difficult posting. A good place to bring this RePlace project to its end, with the most recent archaeology in Orkney.
A small, but very satisfying, deposit, supervised by Hoxa yarn-wife. Not easy to undertake because this is a popular place on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the tourist season (it took two attempts to complete).
I shall be sailing past this spot tomorrow morning as I depart on the ferry to Gill’s Bay. I shall lookout for the unmistakable outline of the concret blocks scattered in anything but haphazard fashion across the headland.
N 58 degrees 49.276′
W 003 degrees 02.078′
Thank you to all who have helped with the project. The blog will continue once I have returned home, so please come back.