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ID:EHG4024
External Ref:AN13
Name:Watching brief - Mercat Cross, High Street, Dornoch
Organisation:Archaeology North Ltd
Date:June 2011

Description

A watching brief was carried out by Archaeology North Ltd in June 2011 during landscaping groundworks around the Mercat Cross, High Street, Dornoch. Groundworks were limited in depth. At least one buried soil was recorded from which a human toe bone was recovered. Sandstone slabs, removed during the watching brief, formed an approach pathway across the churchyard and were dated by documentary evidence to 1812-14. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

General layout, looking SW (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross area, looking W (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross area, looking S (photo by Pete Higgina)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross area, looking E (photo by Pete Higgin)  © Archaeology NorthWest part of site, looking SW (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthWest part of site, looking SE (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthWest part of site, looking ESE (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthThe Cross being boxed in (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthNorth boundary of site being fenced (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, by gate at west end of site (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 10 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 11 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 12 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 13 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, south side, by gate at west end of site (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 15 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 16 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 17.  Includes inscribed stone (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north side, east of shot 18 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthInscribed stone in south side of churchyard wall (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSetts 2 and tarmac 3 being removed (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthBollards 7, 8 and 9 being removed (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSeat 5 being broken out (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthChurchyard wall, north face, at building change, 6.7m west of wets edge of gate (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSeat 5 being lifted (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthFirst exposure of 12.  Note incorrect label - 13 should read 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthFirst exposure of 12.  Note incorrect label - 13 should read 14 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSeat 5 being lifted (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSurface of part of 12 cleaned; below former location of 5 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSite with 5, 7 and 8 removed (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSlabs 13 around the Cross plinth (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSlabs 13 around the Cross plinth (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthSlabs 13 being lifted (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthEdge of the more southerly of the two north slabs of 13, showing tooling on upper part (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology North14 freshly exposed and cleaned (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthPart of another course of 1 after removel of concrete (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthHistorylinks information board being moved (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthPaving 17 in west of site on first exposure.  Includes threshold stones 21 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthAs shot 39, from NW (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthTarmac 3 being broken out.  Shows 19 with car park paint line (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthThreshold stones 21 showing wear pattern.  Also layer 20. (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthArea of paving 17, cleaned.  Shows 2, 18, 19, 20, 21 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthAs shot 43, but showing 17 in more detail (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthCut 22, with 23, 17, 2, and 18 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthHuman bone from 12.  Smallest square in background = 1mm (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthHuman bone from 12.  Smallest square in background = 1mm (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthTrench in SE, showing 14, 25, 26 (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross, N face after project completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross, N face after project completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross, E face after project completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross, W face after project completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthMercat Cross, S face after project completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthThe site on completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology NorthThe site on completion (photo by Pete Higgins)  © Archaeology North

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Archaeology North Ltd (File size: 3451 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 7975 8970 (14m by 5m)
Map Sheet:NH78NE
Civil Parish:DORNOCH
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND
Location:High Street, Dornoch

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Higgins, P. 2011. Mercat Cross, Dornoch: Archaeological watching brief: Report. Archaeology North Ltd. Digital.

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