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External Ref:CAMS
Name:Watching brief - Camster Windfarm, Watten
Organisation:CFA Archaeology Ltd


A watching brief was carried out intermittently between December 2010 and April 2012 by CFA Archaeology during all ground works outside of the existing forestry plantation, on the site of the new Camster Windfarm. Monitoring was carried out on ground breaking works associated with associated with the construction of access roads, borrow pits, temporary lay down areas, and turbine bases and crane stances. A programme of test-pitting in the location of the borrow pits, to test ground conditions, was monitored prior to the main construction works. Floating roads were not monitored: these comprised Track No 2 between WTG7 and WTG17 and the T9 Spur; Track No 1 between Badlipster and WTG25; part of Track No 1 between WTG20 and WTG25; and part of Track No 2 between WTG21 and WTG22. Two turbines (WTG24, WTG25) were pile construction due to the depth of peat and so were not monitored. Trenches for cabling were not monitored. No significant archaeological features were uncovered. <1>

Note: the positions of the wind turbines and tracks as shown on the site plan in the report do not correspond entirely with what is currently shown on OS MasterMap.

Type(s) of Investigation



Site 5 demarcation (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologySite 5 demarcation (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyGeneral shot of [003] (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyNW-facing section through [005] (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyGeneral shot of soil stripping opposite Lower Achairn (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologySite 5 tree machinery working shots and post-clearance with access road (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeolopgyT5 base (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyWorking shot of peat removal at Borrow Pit B (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyLocation shot of circular pit [007] (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologySection photo of pit [007] (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyView of barn with natural, foundations are visible (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyWorking shot of Turbine 20 storage area (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA Archaeology


Fieldwork report  © CFA Archaeology (File size: 1852 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 2572 4765 (2210m by 3234m)
Map Sheet:ND24NE
Civil Parish:LATHERON
Civil Parish:WATTEN
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Camster Windfarm, Watten

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Savory, G.. 2012. Camster Windfarm, nr Wick, Caithness: Archaeological Watching Brief and Demarcation. CFA Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

Related Monuments/Buildings - none

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