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Name:Evaluation - Near Clunes House, Cromarty
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:Jan 2013


A severe storm in December 2012 caused significant erosion to the coastline at the eastern end of Cromarty, exposing a sequence of archaeological deposits along the shore path to the South Sutor, between 60-120m east of Clunes House. The combination of high tides with a significant ground swell truncated the core footpath between Cromarty and the South Sutor. This had the effect of shearing away the turf and grass foreshore to reveal four major exposures. Preliminary archaeological investigation of the deposits exposed by the storm revealed extensive and well-stratified midden material relating to Medieval and later occupation on the site. Initial investigations along the shore included cleaning and recording of the sections, section excavation of a drystone-built wall and the recovery of artefacts from the sequence. The Medieval deposits in particular may relate to settlement activity associated with the original core of the burgh of Cromarty, a period for which there are limited historical records. <1>

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DBA and project design  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 2004 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 7943 6727 (65m by 40m)
Map Sheet:NH76NE
Civil Parish:CROMARTY
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Near Clunes House

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S. 2013. Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project: Project Design. Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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