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External Ref:BMC11
Name:Watching Brief and Evaluation - Broadford Medical Centre, Strath, Skye
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:July to Aug 2011


An archaeological evaluation including a watching brief and subsequent excavation was carried out at the site of the new Broadford Medical Centre at High Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye, in July and August 2011 by West Coast Archaeological Services. The area of the development site covered in excess of 6,300 square metres. An initial walkover survey had failed to find any features of archaeological interest, although two drystone walls running adjacent to High Road were photographed and surveyed. The ground was initially cleared by machine under archaeological supervision and the area was then hand-cleaned. The evaluation recovered a wide range of features including a possible cairn, a stone-lined grave/cist, grain storage pits, a grain-drying kiln and a souterrain. Additional prehistoric features included pits and post-holes and potential evidence for early forest clearance, while stone-filled field drains (only found in the northern part of the site) and a drystone wall bordering High Road relate to later agricultural improvements and the formal layout of the road leading to the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital. All of the major features were revealed in a distinct cluster towards the highest section of the gravel ridge running across the site. The excavation of the prehistoric features at the site produced organic residues, sediment samples and small finds including ceramics and stone tools. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation



Beaker (photo by Birch, Steven)  © West Coast Archaeological Services


Report for an archaeological watching brief and excavation on the site of a new medical centre at Broadford, Strath, Skye.  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 17116 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 64088 23906 (89m by 110m)
Map Sheet:NG62SW
Civil Parish:STRATH
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Location:High Road, Broadford

Associated Finds

  • BEAKER (Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 2400 BC)

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, Steven. 2012. Archaeological Evaluation at the site of the new Broadford Medical Centre, High Road, Skye: Data Structure Report. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

Related Monuments/Buildings

MHG55636Bronze Age cist - Broadford Medical Centre site, Strath, Skye (Monument)
MHG54039Dry stone wall, High Road, Broadford, Skye (Monument)
MHG54040Dry stone wall, High Road, Broadford, Skye (Monument)
MHG55638Grain drying kiln complex and grain storage pits - Broadford, Strath, Skye (Monument)
MHG55635Possible cairn - Broadford Medical Centre site, Strath, Skye (Monument)
MHG55637Souterrain - Broadford Medical Centre, Strath, Skye (Monument)
MHG55639Undated pits and postholes - Broadford Medical Centre site, Strath, Skye (Monument)
MHG55640Woodland clearance - Broadford Medical Centre site, Strath, Skye (Monument)

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