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Name:Watching brief - Wathegar Windfarm, Caithness
Organisation:CFA Archaeology Ltd
Date:June-Aug 2012


An archaeological watching brief was carried out by CFA Archaeology in 2012 during ground works associated with the construction of Wathegar Wind Farm, Caithness. All of the access tracks outside of the forestry were floated and so were not monitored. Turbine bases 1, 3 and 4 were monitored along with the locations of the construction compound and electrical control building. The final location for the construction compound was at the alternative construction compound. Approximately half of the area had been stripped prior to an archaeologist being present. The remainder of the compound stripping was monitored as per outlined in the WSI. Excavation was undertaken using a tracked excavator fitted with a smooth-bladed ditching bucket, under constant archaeological supervision. No features, deposits or artefacts of archaeological significance were identified. <1>

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Compound stripped of topsoil (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologySite 6 with marker bunting (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyTurbine 3, overall shot, post-strip (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyField drain (300) - section and NE extent (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyOverall - electrical control building (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyT1 showing field drain (102) (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA ArchaeologyT4 overall (photo by Gary Savory)  © CFA Archaeology


Fieldwork report  © CFA Archaeology (File size: 679 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 2798 5109 (1078m by 536m)
Map Sheet:ND25SE
Civil Parish:WICK
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Wathegar Windfarm

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Savory, G.. 2012. Wathegar Wind Farm, near Wick, Caithness: Archaeological Mitigation. CFA Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

Related Monuments/Buildings - none

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