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ID:EHG4114
External Ref:ARD13
Name:Watching brief - house site at land 140m NW of Ardvasar Youth Hostel
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Feb 2013

Description

A controlled strip archaeological watching brief was carried out by RoCAS in 2013 on the site of a new house at land 140m to the northwest of Ardvasar Youth Hostel, Armadale, Skye. The ground had been disturbed in construction of the three levelled house platforms, which were located on the shoreline but the exposed sections showed poor quality soils, with limited drainage, unsuitable for settlement. There were no archaeological features or finds identified. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Showing south end of site and car parking area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View looking over development site from edge of road (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing hollow between re-deposited material (left) and made-up ground of parking area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking from road edge towards parking area at south end of road (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Plot number 2 showing levelled area for house (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Plot 2 showing levelled area, felled tree debris and exposed deposits within cut for platform (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing seaward edge of Plot 2 above rocky foreshore (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing SW corner of Plot 2 with minimal ground disturbance (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing N end of Plot 2 and access cut leading down to Plot 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)The wet seaward edge of Plot 1 and rocky foreshore below (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking over the narrow levelled platform of Plot 1 to the access cut leading up into Plot 2 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing west edge of Plot 1 and exposed sediments (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing main access route to building plots - here shown entering Plot 2in NNW corner (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Main access route rising onto level platform of Plot 2 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking WSW up the main access route from the parking area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Levelled platform of Plot 3 showing shallow cut into sediments directly overlying bedrock (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing the back SW edge of Plot 3 with exposed cut into sediments and overlying felled trees and scrub (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Imge showing sloping ground formed by redeposited material from the widening of the main road (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Rising ground at S end of development site formed by construction of parking area and standing for site canins (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Northwest corner of Plot 3 showing exposed section at back edge of cut platform (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Exposed sediments in low section on west side of levelled platform for Plot 2 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Image showing exposed sediments at back edge of cut platform for Plot 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Exposed section in NW side of cut access road showing wet stratigraphy with iron pan/iron-rich staining (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)SE-facing section through cut of access track showing upper brown soil with numerous tree roots and underlying grey clay (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View up the cut for the new access track from the made-up parking area to the lower house plots (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View up the cut for the new access track from the made-up parking area to the lower house plots (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cronarty Archaeological Services (File size: 1619 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 6382 0415 (108m by 135m)
Map Sheet:NG60SW
Civil Parish:SLEAT
Geographical Area:SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Location:House Site at Land 140m NW of Ardvasar Youth Hostel

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Fraser, L.. 2013. New House Site at Land 140m NW of Ardvasar Youth Hostel: Archaeological Watching Brief. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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