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Name:Excavation - Castle Sinclair Girnigoe
Organisation:Field Archaeology Specialists Ltd (FAS)
Date:Mar-Nov 2008


Four sessions of fieldwork were undertaken by Field Archaeology Specialists (FAS), from March–November 2008, at Castle Sinclair Girnigoe, continuing the excavation of the Outer Bailey. In the first session the northeast tower of the north range was excavated. Rubble collapse was removed, the work being halted upon contact with the mid-C17 deposits associated with Commonwealth troops’ use of the castle. The east quadrant of the Outer Bailey and the basement level passageway were excavated during the second session. During the third session rubble collapse from the bakehouse was excavated from the south range and excavation of the upper levels of the gatehouse lodgings was completed. During the fourth session excavation of the stair turret revealed two intact flights of stairs beneath rubble collapse deposits including an under stair area. <1>

Note: A full report on the 2008 excavations (as of 25/03/2015) has yet to be produced.

Type(s) of Investigation


Grid Reference:Centred ND 3781 5491 (5m by 5m)
Map Sheet:ND35SE
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Castle Sinclair Girnigoe

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Publication/Article: Field Archaeology Specialists. 2009. Castle Sinclair Girnigoe: Excavation. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland (2008). 118-9. Paper (Original).

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