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ID:EHG3319
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Name:Excavation - Applecross Broch, Wester Ross (2009 Season)
Organisation:Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project
Date:Sept 2009

Description

Archaeological excavations were carried out by Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project assisted by professional archaeologists, over two weeks in September 2009, for the fourth season of investigations at the broch site at Applecross, Wester Ross. The fourth quadrant, trench 8, was opened to the western side of the site. This trench revealed two outside courses of walling and subsequently trench 1 was extended to incorporate these additional features, linking the feature across the two quadrants. The remains of an intramural staircase and internal wall passage, first excavated by Time Team in 2005 (see EHG1382 trench 1 and 8), revealed a complex series of both industrial and ritual activities and closure events. Excavation of another outlying trench, trench 9, was targeted to investigate a feature of recumbent slabs found along the edge of trench 2, appearing to be a sub-broch passage or drain. <1>

A full report on all the investigations from 2006 to 2010 has also been produced. <2>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

Outer wall outer face and, on left, converging outer outer wall (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggBeginning of day 5 general view of work so far (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggThe outer wall of the broch on day 5 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggThe outer wall of the broch on day 5 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPassage emerges, rubble fill (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggNorth intramural passage partially cleared to possible rough paving (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggNorth intramural passage partially cleared to possible rough paving (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggTrough lying in entrance passage to south intramural. Paving ramp to right (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggExcavation of re-deposited fill around electricity pole (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggLower slot trench exposing probable entire depth of wall face (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggAnimal bones crammed into gap between step and outer wall inner face (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggNorth outer face, detail of stonework (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggFace of outermost wall (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggStone setting in courtyard, dark matrix rich in shell fragments (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOutermost wall, pitted marks on top of set stone (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggRow of large set boulders, base of OOOW (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOutermost wall in foreground, with outer outer wall behind, notably large boulder on left, and broch outer wall at back (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggLower layer of paving slabs overlying passage fill (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggOutermost wall of broch in W corner (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggRemoval of stone reveals deposit of mixed bones in NW end of passage (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggRemoval of stone reveals deposit of mixed bones in NW end of passage (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggDo we have enough buckets? (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggFallen slab: overburden removed to reveal cut of passage (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggFallen slab: overburden removed to reveal cut of passage (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPassage and stair as left at end of 2009 season (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggPassage and stair as left at end of 2009 season, E face (Inner wall outer face) (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggDeposits within passage as left at end of 2009 season (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggDetail of outer wall face stonework (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy Dagg

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project (File size: 1726 KB)Fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society (File size: 15641 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 7118 4433 (25m by 25m)
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. 2010. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Excavation Summary and Preliminary Finds Discussion. Applecross Archaeology Society. 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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