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ID:EHG4087
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Name:Trial trenching - SE of Broubster Cottage, Reay, Caithness
Organisation:Catherine Dagg
Date:Aug 2012

Description

Trial trenching was carried out by C Dagg in 2012 in advance of the construction of a new house and services on land southeast of Broubster Cottage, Reay, Caithness. Trenching was conducted across the entire development site, consisting of two linear trenches and two block trenches. Excavation was carried out by machine, removing material in spits of no more than 100mm until a natural clay subsoil was reached. No archaeological features were located; the only modification of the landscape being shallow drainage ditches dating to the C19th and C20th. <1>

Images

View south across development area showing gentle slope down to river basin (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggView across development area. (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench exposed on what was slight level knoll (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrenches from S (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggExcavated block trench showing exposed subsoil surface (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 1: Beginning of excavation at south end (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench crosses Feature 2, ditch running east (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench crosses feature 2 (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggInfilled scoop of ditch and one small slab on right (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 2: Point where second possible drain crosses trench (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 2: Infilled drainage ditch crossing trench (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 2: View south along completed trench (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 2: View south along completed trench showing exposed clay/stone subsoil surface (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 4: South section of trench showing depth of peat overlying clay subsoil (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 4: South section of trench showing depth of peat overlying clay subsoil (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 4: Exposed subsoil surface showing shallow grooves infilled with peat (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggTrench 4: Exposed subsoil surface showing shallow grooves infilled with peat (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine Dagg

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Catherine Dagg (File size: 511 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 0223 6184 (47m by 53m)
Map Sheet:ND06SW
Civil Parish:REAY
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Broubster

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Dagg, C.. 2013. Broubster Cottage, Shebster, Reay, Caithness: Land 230m to SE: Erection of House, installation of services and formation of access: Archaeological Trial Trenching. Unaffiliated. Digital.

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