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ID:EHG4121
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Name:DBA and walkover survey - Gorthleck mainout Route Diversion
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:July 2012

Description

A desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out by West Coast Archaeological Services in 2012 on behalf of Scottish Water Solutions in advance of a proposed new water main between Newlands and Wester Abercalder to the south of Dores, Inverness-shire. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected along the line of the route in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The walkover survey identified several new archaeological sites including four bridges, an enclosure, turf and stone-built structures, boundary dykes and a track. Post-medieval settlement remains relating to some of these sites were identified and recorded during the survey. Mitigation measures were proposed to safeguard the sites during the excavation of the pipeline trench. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Site 1: Metalled road crossing bridge over small gorge (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 1: WSW face of bridge over small stream (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 2: Metalled road crossing bridge over small stream (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 2: Stone-built bridge over small stream (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 3: Robbed-out remains of stone-built wall (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 4: Stone-built bridge carrying track Site 5 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 5: View along track where it crosses bridge Site 4 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 6: Very degraded turf and stone enclosure (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 6: Edge-set boulder on inside face of turf and stone bank (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 8: Stone and turf boundary dyke forming field enclosure (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 10a: Very degraded turf and stone structure under dyke Site 8 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 10b: Very degraded turf and stone structure and stone dyke Site 8 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 11: Stone-built field dyke (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13a: Stone and turf enclosure adjacent to pipeline route (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13b: Stone-built house at Ballindalloch (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 13: Settlement remains at Ballindalloch (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 14: Quarry pits in top of Drumlin Mound (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 15: Part of steading 15a and 15b, house 15e and enclosure 15f (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 15: Part of steading 15b and 15d, and house 15e (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 15: Farmstead and later steading complex at Wester Abercalder (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 15: Steading building 15b and possible water-wheel pit 15c (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite 15: Steading buildings 15a and 15b, and possible water-wheel pit 15c (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 5799 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 5619 2122 (1515m by 3345m)
Map Sheet:NH52SE
Civil Parish:DORES
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Gorthleck

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S.. 2012. Gorthleck Mainout Route Diversion, Dores, Inverness-shire: Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Walkover Survey. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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