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External Ref:PQD13
Name:Trial Trenching - Pitgrudy Farm, Dornoch
Organisation:Highland Archaeology Services Ltd
Date:March 2013


A trial trenching was carried out by Highland Archaeology Services in 2013 in advance of the proposed development of a sand and gravel quarry at Pitgrudy Farm, Dornoch. The area was first subject to a metal detecting survey (see EHG4125). Thirty trenches were opened (numbered 1-31 and 29 was not excavated), all measuring between 1.5 and 1.8m across - wider where it was necessary for health and safety reasons to step or slope deeper sides. Three possible features were investigated: a field clearance cairn (F1); a small pit - found to be a boulder socket (F2); and a small spread of charcoal rich, scorched subsoil (F3) which apparently resulted from scrub burning or similar activity. There was no indication of archaeological evidence.

Type(s) of Investigation



Fieldwork report  © Highland Archaeology Services Ltd (File size: 2146 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 7928 9053 (193m by 128m)
Map Sheet:NH79SE
Civil Parish:DORNOCH
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND
Location:Pitgrudy Farm, Dornoch

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Malone, E. and Wood, J.. 2013. Archaeological Metal Detector and Trial Trenching Surveys: Pitgrudy Farm, Dornoch. Highland Archaeology Services Ltd. Digital.

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