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ID:EHG361
External Ref:PFPT11
Name:Topographical survey - Knock Farril, Dingwall, Ross and Cromarty
Organisation:Headland Archaeology Ltd
Date:June 2011

Description

Headland Archaeology Ltd carried out a detailed topographic archaeological survey of the Pictish fort at Knock Farril, near Dingwall on the Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty in June 2011. The survey was commissioned by the Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) in order to provide a baseline record of the earthworks and surviving structural features of the fort. It will also inform conservation management and any future access and interpretation initiatives.

A detailed topographic survey was undertaken of appropriate residual archaeological features such as earthworks and stone-built structures within the fort. Individual elements pertinent to archaeological conservation management (such as the position and extent of erosion scars, bracken, access paths etc), significant landscape features (such as major boulders and gullies) were included. The survey was undertaken consistent with a Level 2 survey (RCHAMS 2004).

The survey was carried out using a Trimble R6 differential GPS, allowing recording down to a scale of 1:20 (if necessary) depending upon the density of points taken. The density of survey points was adapted to a reproduction of the survey at up to 1:250. <1> A survey of the fort on Ord Hill was also carried out (see EHG3670).

Type(s) of Investigation

  • TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Images

Knock Farril: Fort seen from the SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Fort seen from the SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Fort seen from the SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Fort seen from the SW (zoomed in) (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: SW approach to fort, from SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Lower part of possible path on SW approach to fort. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Middle part of possible path on SW approach to to fort. From SW. (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Upper part of possible path on SW approach to fort. From W (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Curving rampart on SW approach to fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Curving rampart on SW approach to fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow and recent animal burrow in the west wing-wall. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Path along upper part of the west wing-wall. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Upper part of the west wing-wall running up to the west end of the main rampart. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Path across the interior of the fort. Seen from the SW end of the fort facing NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Path across the interior of the fort. Seen from teh NE end of the fort facing SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Path along the east wing-wall. Seen from the NE end of the fort facing NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Upper part of the path along the east wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Lower part of path along the east wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Two small animal burrows on curving rampart on the SW approach to fort. From NW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Curving rampart on SW approach to fort. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Curving rampart on SW approach to fort. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Small hollow outside curving rampart on SW approach to to fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Lower part of the west wing-wall. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Lower part of the west wing wall. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: L-shaped hollow to the NW of the west wing-wall. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: L-shaped hollow to the NW of the west wing-wall. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow running SE to NW to the NW of the west wing-wall. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow running SE to NW of the west wing-wall. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow next to the west wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow next to the west wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot in the S side of the west wing-wall. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot in the S side of the west wing-wall. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot in the S side of the west wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot in the S side of the west wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Blocks of vitrified rock outside the SW corner of the main rampart. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Area of bracken on the SW side of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the SW rampart. From W (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the SW rampart. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the SW rampart. From SSW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the SW rampart. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Erosion scar on the outside of the SW rampart. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Area of nettles on the SE side of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Area of nettles on the SE side of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Blocks of vitrified rock in 1770s trench across the middle of the fort. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s trench across the middle of the fort. From ESE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s trench across the middle of the fort. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s trench across the middle of the fort. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s trench across the middle of the fort. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Blocks of vitrified rock outside the SE corner of the fort. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Upper part of the east wing-wall running up to the east end of the main rampart. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot on the S side of the east wing-wall. From SSE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot on the S side of the east wing-wall. From SE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot on the N side of the east wing-wall. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: 1770s excavation slot on the N side of the east wing-wall. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Two small animal burrows on N side of east wing-wall. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: View towards the area to the NE of the fort. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: View towards the area to te NE of the fort. From SSW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: View towards the area to the NE of the fort. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: View along the east wing-wall towards the main rampart at the NE end of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: View along the east wing-wall towards the main rampart at the NE end of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NE rampart. From N (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NE rampart. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NE rampart. From ENE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NW rampart. From N (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NW rampart. From N (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NW rampart. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: The interior of the fort seen from the middle of the NW rampart. From ENE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow indicating the position of a possible cistern. From W (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow indicating the position of a possible cistern. From W (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Hollow and a rectangular structure towards the SW end of the fort. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyKnock Farril: Area of bracken on the NE side of the fort. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland Archaeology

Reports

Fieldwork report for topographical surveys of Knock Farril and Ord Hill forts  © Headland Archaeology (File size: 13956 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 50477 58492 (288m by 220m)
Map Sheet:NH55NW
Civil Parish:DINGWALL
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Knock Farrel

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: van Wessel, J.. 2011. Knock Farril, Fodderty and Ord Hill, Knockbain: Topographical archaeological survey for Forestry Commission Scotland. Headland Archaeology Ltd. Paper and Digital.

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