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Record details

ID:EHG3949
External Ref:APL12
Name:Trial trenching - Applecross Broch
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:June 2012

Description

Trial trenching was carried out in June 2012 by RoCAS and Applecross Archaeology Society to investigate two possible external features of the Applecross Broch. Two trenches were excavated targeting known features; an upright pillar stone and the continuation of a ditch excavated in previous investigations in 2010. Both trenches revealed new features of the site, whilst finds of iron slag, metal working debris, hammerstones and an iron dagger fragment were uncovered. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

NW end of Trench 1, after initial opening during fieldwork in May 2012; showing first context (C102) below turf/topsoil (photo by Michael Sharpe)  © Michael SharpeSF024: ferrous lump with glassy appearance; metal-working debris (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF012: degraded ceramic fragment, 1 face pale brown-orange and second face blackened-brown (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF012: degraded ceramic fragment, 1 face pale brown-orange and second face blackened-brown (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF009: Fragment of a whetstone (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF011: Fragment of an iron-working furnace with stone adhering (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF011: Fragment of an iron-working furnace with stone adhering (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF022: Iron slag debris from C202 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF015: Iron slag debris from C202 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaPebble tool-probable hammerstone (SF001), possibly a composite tool (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Lynn FraserLump of iron slag (SF002) (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Lynn FraserNW end of Trench 1, after initial opening during fieldwork in May 2012; showing first context (C102) below turf/topsoil (photo by Michael Sharpe)  © Michael SharpeUnknown ferrous object (SF003), appears rolled (iron-working debris) (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Lynn FraserFragments of fired clay/ceramic (SF004) (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Lynn FraserSandstone slab (C205) at the base of SE end of Trench 2 below deep layers of deposits (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaView across the Applecross Peninsula over the Inner Sound of Skye and Scalpay (Raasay to right), with Isle of Skye in background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaTrench 5: previously excavated, located 2m south of APL12 Trench 2; image shows the section through W end of trench and depth of stone/boulder deposits overlying further deposits (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaPre-excavation image of ditch (feature 22) showing slba-lined cut adjcent to prominent upright stone (top right of photo); this upright stone was located 8m E of APL12 feature 2 upright stone (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaE end of previously excavated trench (trench 5) located 2m south of APL12 Trench 2; image shows the E end trench profile and a possible boulder wall (Feature 70) below a soily stone layer (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary PeterannaSF006: ferrous lumps, possible bog iron from C202 in Trench 2 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Mary Peteranna

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 2743 KB)
Civil Parish:APPLECROSS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Applecross

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M.. 2012. Trial trenching near Applecross Broch in June 2012: Data Structure Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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