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Name:Trial trenching - Friars Street, Inverness
Organisation:Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Highland Council


Two trial trenches were excavated by Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in 1985 in advance of demolition and redevelopment of properties numbered 17-33 on the west side of Friars Street, Inverness, in an area formerly known to be within the precinct of the Dominican friary. The southern trench (Trial Trench 1), which was 'L'-shaped with maximum dimensions of 5m x 3m was excavated in the gardens behind Nos. 17-19. This revealed a pit c. 1.2m by 1m and over 1m deep, which had been used as a dump for small boulders, architectural stone fragments, the lower part of a medieval pot-quern decorated with a face mask, an incomplete C15 glazed jug and a Henry III coin. Several other small features were also excavated, containing a small number of medieval potsherds. The northern trench (Trial Trench 2), which was 'Z'-shaped with maximum dimensions of 4.5m x 2.5m was excavated behind No. 25. This only revealed many C19th shallow pits containing C19-C20 china fragments. <1> <2> The finds from the excavations were deposited in Inverness Museum. <3>

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Friars Street, Inverness, medieval pot (photo by Inverness Museum and Art Gallery)  © Inverness Museum and Art Gallery


Fieldwork report  © Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (File size: 153 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 6634 4558 (22m by 18m)
Map Sheet:NH64NE
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:17-33 Friars Street

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Harden, J.. 1985. Excavations in Friars Street, Inverness. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. Paper and Digital.
  • Image/Photograph(s): Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. 1985. Pot, Friars St. Inverness. Colour Slide. . Original & digital.
  • Collection/Catalogue: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery Accession registers. INVMG 985.46-54.

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MHG3678Medieval occupation - rear of (old) 17-19 Friars Street, Inverness (Monument)

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