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ID:EHG3735
External Ref:WHB12
Name:Trial Trenching - Windhill, Beauly
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Sept 2012

Description

Archaeological trial trenching was conducted by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in September 2012 in advance of the development of three new house sites at land located at the former sandpit, Windhill, Beauly. The work was commissioned in order to fulfil a planning condition requirement for the development. Nine trenches totalling 79.4 m² were excavated across the site where there was a possibility that the ground was undisturbed by quarrying and dumping activity. Trenches 1-7 were positioned to take account of the locations of house plots B and C; house plot A was located entirely on ground disturbed by quarrying and dumping activity. Trenches 8 and 9 were located to the south of the house plots, but were included at the request of the client as that area had the potential to be used as a house plot in the future. The positions and sizes of the trenches took into account proximity to fences, disturbed ground, trees and topography. Topsoil and modern deposits were removed by an earth-moving machine equipped with a flatbladed ditching bucket to reveal the subsoil surface where possible. This activity was conducted under constant archaeological supervision. All the trenches were sterile of archaeology. Trenches 1, 5 and 6 showed some undisturbed ground. Trenches 8 and 9 were located on fully undisturbed ground, but did not reveal any signs of archaeology. Trenches 2, 3, 4 and 7 contained only disturbed ground and dumped material. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • TRIAL TRENCH

Images

WSW facing: Pre-excavation shot of the site (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Trench 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Trench 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWNW facing: Trench 3 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Trench 2 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: Trench 4 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSE facing: Trench 5 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS Facing: Trench 6 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Trench 6 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Trench 7 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Trench 8 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN Facing: Trench 9 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Shot of the site following trial trenching (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Shot of the site following trial trenching

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 1229 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 5301 4813 (61m by 67m)
Map Sheet:NH54NW
Civil Parish:URRAY
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Windhill, Beauly

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Fraser, L.. 2012. Plot 1, Former Sandpit, Windhill, Beauly, Erection of house and associated access: Trial Trenching Evaluation Data Structure Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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