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ID:EHG3670
External Ref:PFPT11
Name:Topographical survey - Ord Hill, Ross and Cromarty
Organisation:Headland Archaeology Ltd
Date:June 2011

Description

Headland Archaeology Ltd carried out a detailed topographic archaeological survey of a Pictish fort on Ord Hill, near North Kessock, 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 surveys were 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. On Ord Hill, it was necessary to use a Leica total station to penetrate the dense vegetation covering the hillfort. The density of survey points was adapted to a reproduction of the survey at up to 1:250. <1>

As part of the same project a survey was also carried out at the fort at Knock Farril (see EHG361).

Type(s) of Investigation

  • TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY

Images

Ord Hill: Rampart at NE end of the fort. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Fort interior seen from NE rampart. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Rampart at NE end of the fort. From N (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Bracken in area below cliffs on SE side of the fort. From S (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Boulder, possible part of rampart in area below cliffs on SE side of the fort. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Modern cairn near the middle of the fort. From SW (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Modern cairn near the middle of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Stony rampart at the SW end of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Hollow in stony rampart at teh SW end of the fort. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Hollow in stony rampart at teh SW end of the fort. From E (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Modern structure built into stony rampart at the SW end of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Modern structure built inro stony rampart at the SW end of the fort. From NE (photo by Headland Archaeology)  © Headland ArchaeologyOrd Hill: Stony rampart at the SW end 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 66394 49108 (239m by 237m)
Map Sheet:NH64NE
Civil Parish:KNOCKBAIN
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Ord Hill

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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