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ID:EHG3005
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Name:Excavation - Applecross Broch, Wester Ross (2007 Season)
Organisation:Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project
Date:Apr & Sep 2007

Description

Archaeological excavations were carried out by Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project assisted by professional archaeologists, over 10 days in April and 10 days during September 2007 as the multi-phased, second season of investigations at the broch site at Applecross, Wester Ross. Further excavation was carried out in the two quadrants, trenches 1 and 2, previously opened during the 2006 season, to more clearly define the broch structure as well as to excavate the central courtyard. Trench 2, the northern quadrant, was extended to the north west revealing three large slabs covering a possible souterrain entrance. <1>

Trench 2 was also extended to the southeast to reveal the broch entrance uncovering two large sandstone slabs with enigmatic incised markings. <2>

During the September 2007 phase a third trench, trench 3, was opened during a watching brief conducted by Highland Archaeology Services in preparation for the relocation of an electricity pole by SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy) from within the broch to outside the broch features. <3>

A full report on all the investigations from 2006 to 2010 has also been produced. <4>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

Deposit of shell in broch entrance fill (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanWorked antler in rubble within intramural cell by [0441] (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanAnother face of wall outside outer broch wall T1: outer outer broch wall (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanOuter broch wall and intramural gallery [0453] in T2 (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanOuter wall T1 facing S corner; outer outer wall becoming visible to right (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanLarge intramural gallery in T1 [0440] and E partition wall [0442] (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanN sandstone slabbed setting-work surface (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanSlabbed setting by S corner T2 (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanSlabbed setting during excavation (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanOverview of T1, focused on inner broch wall and intramural cells (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanS corner of T2, Features [0448], [0449] (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanT1 Intramural passage (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdIntramural cell and gallery T1 (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdEast side of intramural passage and E stop wall [0445] (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdFeatures [0448], [0449] (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdFeature [0449] in T2 (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdIntramural gallery T1 and inner and outer broch walls (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdInner and outer broch walls (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdInner and outer broch walls and gallery (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdBroch walls from outside (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdEntrance passage underlying broch outer wall (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanMain broch entrance after excavation (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanMain broch entrance after excavation, looking downslope (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanWall below outer broch wall T1-possible earlier structure (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanBroch walls with wall [0423] in foreground (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanOuter broch wall in T1, wall [0423] below it (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma Shannahan

Reports

Interim fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society and the authors (File size: 15156 KB)2007 season excavation report  © Highland Archaeology Services Ltd and The Authors (File size: 1631 KB)Fieldwork report  © Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project (File size: 1726 KB)Fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society (File size: 15641 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 71184 44336 (22m by 12m) (Centred)
Map Sheet:NG74SW
Civil Parish:APPLECROSS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Applecross Broch

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M and McCullagh, C. 2008. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Interim Report no. 3, Rev. 1. Applecross Archaeology Society. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M and McCullagh, C. 2010. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Excavation Summary and Preliminary Finds Discussion. Applecross Archaeology Society. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wood, J. 2008. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Excavation and Site Presentation. Highland Archaeology Services Ltd. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M. 2012. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project 2006-2010: Data Structure Report on the 2006-2010 Excavations. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project. Digital.

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