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ID:EHG3782
External Ref:13/GDN11
Name:DBA and walkover survey - Glen Drian, Ardnamurchan
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:Jun 2011

Description

An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey were carried out by West Coast Archaeological Services in 2011 on behalf of Miller Harris and Arnamurchan Estates, in Glen Drian on the north tip of the Ardnamurchan peninsula in advance of a bracken control programme. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of the archaeology to inform the proposals for a programme of bracken control. The survey recorded the character and extent of archaeological sites designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in addition to previously unrecorded sites of archaeological interest including shielings, enclosures and boundary walls. The Post Medieval settlement was in the survey area, and found to be ruinous and mostly well-preserved. They were extensive and represent multiple phases of occupation and building. It was considered that the type and character of the archaeological sites in the survey areas were of regional and national importance which should be safeguarded. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Well-preserved bracken-covered ruins of stone-built subrectangular house (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved ruins of stone-built subrectangular house (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView across bracken-covered hillsides of the survey area (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesA bracken-covered clearance cairn, very difficult to see in the photo due to bracken coverage (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLines of some of the many drystone boundary walls apparent in the bracken-covered landscape (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved ruins of a stone-built house with rounded corners. (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved ruins of a stone-built house showing the entrance in the NW wall  and the surrounding bracken (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built subrectangular house with stone buttresses to either side of entrance in W wall (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesRuinous stone-built subrectangular house located on a grass-covered knoll (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved stone-built subrectangular house (Site 6, centre) and head dyke (Site 32) curving across hillside in background (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSubrectangular house (Site 6, front) linked to ruins of a second stone-built drystone house (Site 7) with drystone boundary wall (Site 33) in back (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSE corner of well-preserved ruins of stone-built subrectangular house connected to head dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesA subrectangular stone-built house with partition wall forming a chamber to far side (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesBuilt into an enclosure wall is a subrectangular bracken- and grass-covered house or byre (Site 8b, centre) with Site 8a to left centre (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesProfile photo of visible section of drystone head dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesRuins of subrectangular stone-built building overlying grass-covered remains of earlier stone-built structure (Site 11b) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSubrectangular stone-built extension attached to SE end of Site 12b (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesGrass-covered track leading to settlement Site 12 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone enclosure (Site 12a) in front with stone-built mortared house (Site 12b) in centre of row of houses: Site 12c to right and Site 12d to left (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone-built mortared house with porch attached to SW wall (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesPhasing of wall construction (Sites 12b and d) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesEntrance in SE wall of stone-built extension (Site 12c) to Site 12b (in background) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSmall splayed opening in SW wall of Site 12b (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesStone-built fireplace in NW gable end of house Site 12b (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved row of stone-built houses (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesWell-preserved row of stone-built houses (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesPortion of drystone walling built into rock outcrop and linking Site 12 houses to sheep fank (Site 12g) (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesA complex of ruinous enclosures around a sheep fank constructed in phases of stone and orthostats (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesA complex of ruinous enclosures around a sheep fank constructed in phases of stone and orthostats (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLarge enclosure to the NE side of sheepfank (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLater shepherd's house: two-storey stone building w/ rounded corners, mortared first floor and fireplaces in opposing gable ends (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesDrystone walling enclosing settlement Site 13 with a ruinous stone-built structure built in the centre; house Site 13d is to left of photo (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 in centre background, showing the situation of the settlement and boundary walls in the bracken-covered landscape (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13 in centre background, showing the situation of the settlement and boundary walls in the bracken-covered landscape (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesA subcircular setting of boulders, possible hut circle set on a prominent grassy knoll amidst a bracken-covered area of rig and furrow remains (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesView across bracken-covered area of rig and furrow (Site 20); Site 13 is visible in distant background (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 2146 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NM 4759 6838 (1778m by 2053m)
Map Sheet:NM46NE
Civil Parish:ARDNAMURCHAN
Geographical Area:LOCHABER
Location:Glen Drian, Ardnamurchan

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S and Peteranna, M. 2011. Bracken Control Programme Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Walkover survey: Ardnamurchan Estates - Glen Drian, Ardnamurchan. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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