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External Ref:CSE06
Name:Excavation - Culduthel Phases 7 & 8, Inverness
Organisation:Headland Archaeology Ltd
Date:May 06-Sept 07


An excavation was undertaken by Headland Archaeology in advance of Phases 7 and 8 of housing development at Culduthel Farm, Inverness, in 2007. A 5% evaluation conducted in 2005 (see EHG1344) had identified prehistoric features across the site. A total of 5.2ha was stripped between under archaeological supervision, uncovering over 300 prehistoric features including a cremation burial, a possible inhumation, three roundhouses, part of an enclosure, part of a palisade, the remains of a small bowl furnace for iron smelting/smithing, and a cobbled work surface. Approximately 980 sherds of pottery were recovered from these features, dating from the middle Neolithic to Bronze Age. Other finds recovered included several saddle querns, c280 pieces of flint, a decorated copper alloy pin, c20kg of iron slag and several iron objects including a small knife blade. An alignment of 19 pits, two of which were stone-lined, was found on the highest part of the site and appear to be associated with post-medieval agricultural activity. <1>

A draft publication report for the site has been produced. <2>

Type(s) of Investigation



Fieldwork report  © Headland Archaeology (File size: 2615 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 6660 4164 (378m by 243m)
Map Sheet:NH64SE
Geographical Area:INVERNESS

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Murray, R.. 2008. Data Structure Report of an Archaeological Excavation at Culduthel Farm Phases 7 and 8. Headland Archaeology Ltd. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Murray, R.. 2010. Culduthel Farm Phase 7 and 8: Draft publication report. Headland Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

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MHG56078Bronze Age occupation - Culduthel, Inverness (Monument)
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MHG51630Neolithic occupation - Culduthel, Inverness (Monument)
MHG56081Post-medieval pits - Culduthel, Inverness (Monument)

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