|A quantity of artefacts of Iron Age type were found in a midden deposit at West Ayre. These included four bone weaving combs, pottery, bone implements as well as bone and shell. A comparison of the previous records would appear to indicate that this midden may have been associated with structures and that it has been eroding for almost a century. In 1980 further traces of midden deposits were found. The site was not located during this survey; this may have been due to the presence of dense vegetation along the shore edge.
22 May 2015:
A 6m long rectangular building and midden deposit visible in the eroding coast edge in a section visible to a height of 0.8m above a storm beach. Two walls of the building and a possible paved stone floor are visible. The northern wall is constructed of a large edge set stone with three courses visible on the inner face. The building is approximately 6m long, and the interior is filled with midden and cobbles. One large stone forms the only visible remains of the southern wall. The midden contains fishbone and shell, one piece of pottery was noted. This midden deposit continues to the north beyond the building, where a layer of mussel shell is visible. Further round the bay to the north, deep cultivation soil is visible in the exposed section. This site is on the coast edge in a high energy environment, a steeply-sloping storm beach has formed below this eroding face. There are large erosion scars on the coast edge to the north of the bay, while dumped material to the south of the site forms an ad hoc coastal defence for a modern track.
Site still as described, though less midden deposit visible. Pottery recovered during Archaeology Shetland's section cleaning and recording project 2016 suggested a post-medieval date for the structure. Historic records indicate that this area was used as the drying beach for the nearby Stenness Fishing Station, suggesting that this may have been a shed / hut associated with this activity.