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ID:EHG3781
External Ref:CDFN12
Name:Excavation - Culduthel Phase 9, Inverness
Organisation:Headland Archaeology Ltd
Date:May-June 2012

Description

Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd undertook a monitored topsoil strip in 2012 in advance of Phase 9 of the housing development at Culduthel Farm, Inverness. Previous excavation at sites adjacent to the north, south and west revealed a rich archaeological landscape with evidence for occupation and industrial activity from the Neolithic to the present day. The area in question excluded the two previously excavated areas to the west (see EHG & EHG3650), and a substantial embankment formed during the construction of the distributor road to the north which was to be left in situ. The remaining area totalled some 5,350m2 although the far east of the area appeared to have been substantially disturbed during construction of a recent access track and the adjacent work compound to the east. The excavations revealed seventy cut features in three main groups. The first consisted of a narrow sub-rectangular enclosure ditch, a large central pit and a number of further pits and post-holes. No firm dating evidence was retrieved from this group, although use during the Neolithic is suggested by typological comparison to similar enclosures. The other two groups were small clusters of pits and post-holes, both with artefactual evidence for Neolithic activity. One isolated feature may represent a waste pit of Iron Age date, and indeed palaeoenvironmental analysis suggests wider activity across the site during this period, although it is possible that some of this evidence may be intrusive, and related to a substantial Iron Age settlement to the west. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

NE facing: General view of site after two days stripping (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNNE facing: General view of site after two days stripping (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Haedland ArchaeologyN facing: General view of site after two days stripping (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: General view of site after two days stripping (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyENE facing: General view of E end of site (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySSW facing: General view of features W of road (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [004] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNNE facing: SSW facing section of [012] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [014] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [016] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: E facing section of [018] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [022] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [024] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [026] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [028] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [030] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [032] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [034] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [036] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [038] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [040] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [042] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [008] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: View of slot [043] through [010] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: E facing section of [010] (at slot [043]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: E facing section of [010] (at slot [044]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: E facing section of [010] (at slot [045]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: E facing section of [010] (at slot [046]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [010] (at slot [047]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [010] (at slot [048]) (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [049] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [051] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [053] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [055] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [057] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [059] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [061] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [061] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [067] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySE facing: NW facing section of [063] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [065] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [069] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [071] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [079] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySE facing: NW facing section of [081] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySE facing: NW facing section of [083] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyS facing: N facing section of [085] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama from top of spoil heap 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spoil heap (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [087] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [089] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [091] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [093] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyOverhead view of [109] showing possible worked stone (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [095] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [109] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [107] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [105] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [103] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [101] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [099] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [097] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [112] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: Panorama of features within [010] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama of features within [010] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama of features within [010] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyPanorama of features within [010] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [114] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySW facing: NE facing section of [116] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySE facing: NE facing section of [118] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologySE facing: NW facing section of [120] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [124] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [126] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [128] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [130] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [132] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [134] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [136] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [138] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyN facing: S facing section of [144] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [132] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNW facing: SE facing section of [140] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [122] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: W facing section of [146] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyNE facing: SW facing section of [148] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyE facing: Post-ex view of [004] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland ArchaeologyW facing: Post-ex view of [004] (photo by Jurgen van Wessel)  © Headland Archaeology

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Headland Archaeology (File size: 12091 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 6665 4146 (128m by 83m)
Map Sheet:NH64SE
Civil Parish:INVERNESS AND BONA
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Culduthel

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: van Wessel, J.. 2012. Culduthel Farm, Inverness, Phase 9: Archaeological Excavation for Tulloch Homes Ltd. Headland Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

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