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Name:Watching brief - Fasaich, Gairloch
Organisation:Catherine Dagg
Date:Aug 2012


Archaeological work, in the form of a controlled strip, was carried out by C Dagg in 2012 during ground breaking work associated with the construction of a new house and garage at Fasaig, Gairloch, Wester Ross as a condition of planning consent. This revealed that the ground had not been previously cleared for vegetation or settlement, despite proximity to two hut circles. There was no evidence for any build up of soils before the commencement of peat formation. A shallow cut, probably associated with peat cutting at the east edge of the site was the only evidence for human activity. <1>

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View of the site before work commenced, showing locationoverlooking Loch Gairloch and typical vegetation cover (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherin DaggPile of boulders removed from earlier development to the west (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggLinear edge of possible shallow peat bank running N-S (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSubsoil surface after approximate removal of peat (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSubsoil surface after approximate removal of peat (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggStones and boulders fom within matrix of F2 now scattered on subsoil surface F3 (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggRemoval of fibrous upper layer of peat, relatively stone free (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggStones, originally probaly lying on subsoil surface, within matrix of dense peat F2 (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggStones lying on surface of subsoil F3 (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggDense peat, F2 peeling off subsoil surface F3, revealing absence of soil layer (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine Dagg


Fieldwork report  © Catherine Dagg (File size: 1290 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 7802 7757 (20m by 21m)
Map Sheet:NG77NE
Civil Parish:GAIRLOCH
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Dagg, C.. 2012. Fasaich, Strath, Gairloch: Land 75m NW of 19 Fasaich, Plot 26: Erection of house and garage: Archaeological Controlled Strip. Unaffiliated. Digital.

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