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ID:EHG3773
External Ref:BRA12
Name:DBA and Walkover Survey - Braemore, Latheron
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:July 2012

Description

An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey were carried out by RoCAS in 2012 on behalf of Crosscut Forestry in advance of a new native woodland planting scheme at Braemore, Caithness. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for the proposed woodland planting scheme in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites identified. The survey recorded a significant number of new archaeological sites including a prehistoric hut circle, post-medieval buildings, boundary dykes, and small bridges. The desk-based assessment has revealed that the majority of the Post Medieval settlement structures recorded during the survey had not been recorded and that the prehistoric hut circle likely formed part of the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the planting of the Diamond Jubilee Woods. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

A conspicuous circular grass-covered mound, possible structure, on the N side of the burn underling a later boundary dyke and post-and-wire fence (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA conspicuous circular grass-covered mound, possible structure, on the N side of the burn underling a later boundary dyke and post-and-wire fence (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesGrass-covered, very low footings of a stone/turf structure located on a small knoll, difficult to discern; photo shows it slopes downhill to NW (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesGrass-covered, very low footings of a grass-covered stone/turf structure located on a small knoll near Site 4a, difficult to discern (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered stone clearance cairn overlying Site 4e (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA substantial moss- and grass-covered stone/turf dyke forming an enclosure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA circular hollow and the remains of a possible turf bank to the NE side, a possible shieling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA possible circular structure w/ a central hollow measuring 2.5m in diameter may be the very degraded remains of a shieling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking northeast to the settlement structures east of Black Park on the south side of the burn; the area around the structures has been excluded from the planting scheme (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA small cairn comprising small-medium stones (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesCairn, Site 13 in foreground and the very degraded remains of a possible subrectangular structure, Site 12, in background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA small pit with surrounding stonework to sides and base - possible well or pit of unknown use (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered stone/turf structure, pen or sheepfold associated with the larger enclosure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered stone/turf structure associated with the larger enclosure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA very degraded, grass-covered stone/turf subrectangular bothy, only some walling fragments survive (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA stone slab-built bridge crosses a small burn between the survey areas;  the crossing slab has collapsed (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered stone/turf subrectangular structure which appears to have been built over an earlier hut circle site located on a low mound at the base of a terrace (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered stone/turf subrectangular structure which appears to have been built over an earlier hut circle site located on a low mound at the base of a terrace (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesView looking down the burn over a proposed planting area (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesA grass-covered clearance cairn appears to overlie an earlier structure of unknown use (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesView across the survey areas (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 3101 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 0712 3028 (2006m by 882m)
Map Sheet:ND03SE
Civil Parish:LATHERON
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Braemore

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M.. 2012. Braemore, Caithness, Diamond Jubilee Woods: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Walkover Survey. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. 2012-13/BRA12. Digital.

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