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External Ref:HPC005
Name:Excavation - High Pasture Cave site, Isle of Skye: 2008
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:Apr-Sept 2008


A further season of trial excavations took place at the site of High Pasture Cave in 2008, undertaken under the direction of West Coast Archaeological Services. The intention was to further evaluate the extent and preservation of the remaining archaeological deposits in the cave passages (Trench 17), while excavations at the surface focused on a more extensive area than investigated previously, with Trenches 14, 16, 19 and 20 investigating the extensive burnt mound deposits that arc around the stairwell and cave entrance. To the southwest, Trench 15 was excavated to investigate the deep archaeological deposits within the forecourt area, adjacent to the stairwell entrance. This recorded a large number of superimposed hearth settings and paving which possibly predated the stairwell entrance to the cave. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation



Uamh an Ard Achadh (High Pasture Cave) & Environs Project, Strath, Isle of Skye 2008  © West Coast Archaeological Services et al (File size: 5934 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 5943 1973 (39m by 32m) (Approximate)
Map Sheet:NG51NE
Civil Parish:STRATH
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Location:Uamh an Ard Achadh (High Pasture Cave), Strath, Isle of Skye

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S., Wildgoose, M. and Kozikowski, G.. 2009. Uamh an Ard Achadh (High Pasture Cave) & Environs Project, Strath, Isle of Skye 2008: The Preliminary Assessment of Late Prehistoric Cultural Deposits from a Limestone Cave and Associated Surface Features. West Coast Archaeological Services. 22/10/2009. Paper and Digital.

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MHG32043Uamh an Ard Achadh (High Pasture Cave) (Monument)

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