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ID:EHG3740
External Ref:FOY13
Name:Watching brief - new campsite, Foyers
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Jan-Apr 2013

Description

A desk-based assessment and watching brief was conducted by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in early 2013 during site clearance for construction of a new camping and caravan site at Foyers, located on the southeastern shore of Loch Ness in Inverness-shire. The development site clearance was conducted under close archaeological supervision using a mechanical excavator, fitted with a flat-bladed ditching bucket and small site dumpers. Groundworks for the new road, building footprints, service trenches, borrow pits and most caravan stances were monitored by an archaeologist. Stances that were cleared of turf only and not dug to the natural subsoil were checked by an archaeologist after excavation. Twenty-seven features were identified; they included a ditch, a possible fire-pit, remnants of an old ground surface, a spread of stone or remains of field clearance material and a circa mid-1900s animal burial pit. The remaining features comprised scattered pits in the subsoil, most of which remain inconclusive in interpretation. There were no recommendations for further work on the site. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Cart axle after cleaning (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Shows the builders compound during the first extension, also the findspot of the axle marked by the ranging pole (top left of photo) (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Shows entrance to park that was formed 09/01/2013 prior to commencement of monitoring (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Shows  approx. 50m leg of the lower park central road stripped prior to monitoring. (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Shows the second leg of the lower park central road post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Shows the third leg of the lower park central road post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Shows the surface of a buried stone dump at the west end of the lower park east circuit road (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Shows the stone spread in section (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesESE facing: Shows the 4th dog leg of the lower park east circuit road post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesFeature 1, post-excavation (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Feature 1, located by the trench edge at the base of the second terrace (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Feature 1 post-sectioning (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSE facing: Part of the road on lower terrace; post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN Facing: Parking area; post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: First stance east of the parking area (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Stance containing F4 post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Stance containing F6 and F7 (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Stance post-stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 4 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 3 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 3 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 2 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 5 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Feature 3, ENE-facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Feature 3, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Stance during stripping (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Mid-excavation photo of Feature 4 (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: 5th stance on inner line of stances, lower terrace (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: 2nd stance on outer line of stances, lower terrace (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: 3rd stance on outer line of stances, lower terrace (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Road with stances, lower terrace (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Features 2 and 5, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 8 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 6 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 9 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Feature 10, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Feature 4, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 6, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: Feature 3, post-sectioning (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Feature 9, post-sectioning (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Post-sectioning - S half of Feature 7 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Post-sectioning - S half of Feature 7 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Post-sectioning - N half of Feature 7 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Post-excavation - N half of Feature 7 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Post-excavation - S half of Feature 7 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 7, post-excavation (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 12 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 11 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 11 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Feature 12, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Dark lens of material visible noted in borrow pit section  - located to NE of last stance on NE end of Site after site clearance and not excavated (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWSW facing: Stance 10, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Stance 9, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWSW facing: Stance 12, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Stance 11, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWSW facing: Stance 14, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Stance 13, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWSW facing: Stance 16, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Stance 15, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Feature 11, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 13 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: Feature 13, post-sectioning (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Pre-excavation photo of linear ditch/ploughmark (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 15 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Feature 16, possible spread of stone clearance or slopewash materia (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesFeature 16, possible spread of stone clearance or slopewash material (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Pre-excavation of animal burial pit, Feature 17 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesESE facing: Ploughmarks or root marks on the middle terrace (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Ploughmarks or root marks on the middle terrace (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Example of scattered burnt patch with charcoal at base of old ground surface (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of pit, charcoal visible on surface (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of possible feature (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Feature 20, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 19, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Section of soil mark - sectioned to 0.27m deep (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Mid-excavation image of animal burial pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 16, possible spread of stone clearance or slopewash material (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Feature 16, possible spread of stone clearance or slopewash material (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Feature 16, possible spread of stone clearance or slopewash material (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: Mid-excavation image of spread of stone (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 16, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Feature 16, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: SE-facing section of Feature 16 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: SE-facing section of Feature 16 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: W-facing section of Feature 14 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 27 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 27 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Looking across the lower terrace over cleared stances (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Possible feature - pre-excavation image of Feature 21 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesESE facing: WNW-facing section of pit/ditch, Feature 21 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Pre-excavation photo of pit, Feature 22 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Feature 22, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Soil mark with charcoal at W end (middle terrace) (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Feature 16, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWNW facing: Feature 16, post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Post-sectioning, NE end with possible old ground surface below natural (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Post-excavation image of Feature 15 - possible non-feature (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Road on middle terrace, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Parking area on middle terrace, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE facing: Road on middle terrace, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: After post-sectioning clearance by the digger (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 23 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesENE facing: Pre-excavation - location photo of Feature 23 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: SE-facing section of Feature 23 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesESE facing: S borrow pit after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 24 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Pre-excavation and location photo of Feature 24 and 25 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 25 ditch (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Pre-excavation image of Feature 25 ditch, NNE-facing trench profile (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Compact clay deposit overlain by stone at S end of Feature 25 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: NNE-facing trench profile, Feature 25 ditch (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Watching brief area and W side of site, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Pre-excavation photo of Feature 26 pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSE facing: Service trenches, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: S-facing section of Feature 26 pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Service trenches, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Service trenches, after site clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesW facing: E-facing section of Feature 24 fire-pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE facing: N-facing section of ditch, Feature 25 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: Post-excavation image of Feature 24 pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesS facing: N-facing section (second section excavated by digger) showing profile of ditch, Feature 25 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNW facing: Layby with path beyond, alongside existing access (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW facing: Path with slight stony spread in the foreground (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesE facing: Post-excavation of watching brief area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWSW facing: Post-excavation of watching brief to road extension (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesESE facing: Post-excavation of BT cable trench (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesN facing: Post-excavation of electricity cable  trench (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSSW facing: Cable trench from ‘dog-leg’ corner to stance (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE facing: Cable trench from ‘dog-leg’ corner to end (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNNE facing: Cable trench on upper terrace (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW facing: Cable trench on upper terrace (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE facing: Cable trench to shower block (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 6455 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 4928 2104 (246m by 224m)
Map Sheet:NH42SE
Civil Parish:BOLESKINE AND ABERTARFF
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Foyers

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M. & Fraser, L.. 2013. Foyers Campsite and Caravan Park, South Loch Ness, Inverness-shire: Archaeological Watching Brief. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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