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ID:EHG3931
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Name:Excavation - Applecross Broch, Wester Ross (2010 Season)
Organisation:Applecross Archaeology Society
Date:June & July 2010

Description

Archaeological excavations were carried out by Applecross Archaeology Society assisted by professional archaeologists, over four weeks in June and July 2010, for the fifth season of investigations at the broch site at Applecross, Wester Ross. Open area excavation was conducted throughout the four quadrants opened in previous seasons. Open area excavation was also conducted to the north west side of the main structure, between trenches 5, 6 and 3 covering an area measuring approximately 7 x 5m. Trench 9 was extended over an area measuring approximately 6 x 4m on the north west side of the site, to further explore a sub-broch feature uncovered during the 2009 season. Four small sondages between 1-1.5m wide were opened below the outermost wall faces to the north west, north, southeast and southwest of the main structure in order to investigate stratigraphic relationships. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

High pole photograph of Applecross broch courtyard  during the 2010 field season (photo by John Wombell)  © John WombellHigh pole photograph of Applecross broch during the 2010 field season, looking down the main entrance, and showing different alignment of inner wall faces (photo by John Wombell)  © John WombellHigh pole photograph of Applecross broch during the 2010 field season, northwest intramural gallery and souterrain passage entrance (photo by John Wombell)  © John WombellHigh pole photograph of Applecross broch during the 2010 field season (photo by John Wombell)  © John WombellPhotograph from tower,  looking over the south intramural gallery, the wall re-alignment (F25) and the ditch passage (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPhotograph from tower showing panorama of Trench 8 'extension- the features outside of the broch northwest and the postholes located between the ditch F28 and the outer walling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPhotograph from tower, overlooking the S side of the broch, showing the outer wall alignments; last day of community fieldwork (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPhotograph from tower, panorama of the structure overlooking the south half of the site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMain broch entrance after excavation (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanOuter wall faces in profile, W and SW side of site; section through wall faces in centre (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesAerial view of lintel-covered ditch passage and surrounding walling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across outer wall faces towards N, excavation in progress; intramural stair gallery in centre left of photograph (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesOverlooking W and NW side of site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMerged outer wall face to W side of site, showing the upright stone built into the earlier wall face F14 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMerged outer wall face to W side of site, showing the well-built, battered wall face (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking over the NW face of the main entrance; alignment of upright slabs F67a is visible within the wall core in centre of photo behind the NW wall face (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesProfile photo through S intramural gallery passage, showing E face (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesOverlooking W and NW side of site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesIntramural stair gallery passage; surface from 2009 excavation exposed (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesOverlooking discrete deposit of animal bone and pottery located on the inside of the inner wall E, excavation in progress (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSlag and charcoal-rich deposit C10.27 to NW side of cist F11 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggCist F11 after excavation; built across F28 ditch (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across NW side of site through souterrain passage, excavation in progress (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggNW-facing profile of souterrain passage backfill; entrance passage walling to either side (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing profile of souterrain passage backfill; entrance passage walling to either side and lintels abutting outer wall face; paving slabs F23 visible in front centre of photograph (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMicaceous rotary quern (SF10317, in situ) deposited in souterrain passage during backfilling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMicaceous rotary quern (SF10317, in situ) in souterrain passage backfill (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMicaceous rotary quern (SF10317, in situ) on top of pebble tool in base of souterrain passage (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesProfile photograph of NE-facing section in souterrain passage, showing the base of wall core over the black surface and white sand below it (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot of cist F11 during excavation; upright stones in front line the sides of the NW ditch F21 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot of cist F11 during excavation; showing construction of cist interior and lower fills (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggCist F11 after excavation; showing the internal construction of the SE end of the suboval structure (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggCist F11 after excavation and upright slabs lining F21 ditch in foreground; F47 pit is visible in background behind two slabs (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesCist F11 after excavation; showing the internal construction of the suboval structure (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-ex of lintel-covered ditch passage, showing the lintels covering the ditch-location of section after removal of collapsed slabs (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesOverlooking the lintel-covered ditch passage, post-ex; photograph shows clearly the second ditch cut (fill is falling inward into a v-shaped cut) extending from top right side of F16 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMid-ex photograph of stop walling at NE end of F21 ditch and upright slabs lining the side of ditch; large upright slab in back lines edge of F24 ditch returning towards N (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLarge upright slabs lining SW end of ditch F21 and cist F11 behind it (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggStone sherds/debitage from within fill of F21 ditch (SF10316) (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPre-excavation photograph of hearth setting Feature 2 (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanPost-excavation photograph of hearth setting Feature 2 (photo by Cait McCullagh)  © Cait McCullaghView across walling covering the SE entrance (lintel slabs visible in background) (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggView across walling covering the SE entrance (lintel slabs visible in foreground) (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggStay holes, post-excavation, showing the SE-facing section and inner wall face stratigraphy (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesDeposit of pot sherds at centre of courtyard (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking across outermost wall alignment towards F55 possible entrance and merging of later walls F64 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot, mid-excavation image of F39 passage, showing possible surface above basal silting deposit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot, mid-excavation image of F39 passage, showing possible surface above basal silting deposit and SE-facing profile of fill (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE wall face of F39, upright door post slab to left (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image, over souterrain passage looking through F39 entrance in background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image, looking through F39 entrance, showing NW-facing section through passage fill (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image, SW wall face of F39 sub-broch passage (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing section through passage fill (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-sectioning of F40 pit (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot, sectioning of structure on southeast side of site to reveal ditch passage entrance (bottom of image) (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesF49 hearth during sectioning and excavation (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanF49 hearth, post-excavation (photo by Gemma Shannahan)  © Gemma ShannahanAnimal bone deposit in intramural stair gallery (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggIntramural stair gallery (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSouth intramural gallery space, showing NW stop wall (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggWorking shot, excavation in progress, NW of the broch mound (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of 'industrial area' (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesT6 during excavation; rubble spread overlying cist feature that will emerge below (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy DaggExtensive chaotic stone spread below topsoil in T5 (photo by Cathy Dagg)  © Cathy Dagg

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Applecross Archaeology Society (File size: 15641 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 7118 4432 (26m by 26m)
Map Sheet:NG74SW
Civil Parish:APPLECROSS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Applecross Broch

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M. 2012. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project 2006-2010: Data Structure Report on the 2006-2010 Excavations. Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project. Digital.

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