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Name:Excavation - Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall
Organisation:OJT Heritage
Date:Sept 2012


An archaeological excavation was undertaken by OJT Heritage archaeologists and local volunteers as a part of the Dingwall THING project in 2012 at the Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall. A 20m x 2m trench was opened across the northwest side of the car park through the mechanical removal of surface tarmac and underlying aggregate. The trench was positioned to avoid areas of modern services and suspected post-medieval ground disturbance. Five phases were identified: C10th-C11th (the Thing), Medieval (Moothill), Post-Medieval (the mausoleum) and C20th (the car park). Excavations confirmed the presence of important archaeological remains and indicated that the mound was man-made and probably created during the C11th AD. Although no artefacts were recovered to suggest a Viking Age date, the radiocarbon dates provided strong scientific evidence to support the interpretation that the mound was created during the period of the late Norwegian political influence in Ross-shire and the wider northeast of Scotland. <1>

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Fieldwork report  © OJT Heritage (File size: 5611 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 5497 5893 (15m by 17m)
Map Sheet:NH55NW
Civil Parish:DINGWALL
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: O'Grady, O J T. 2012. Cromartie Memorial Car Park: Dingwall, Highland: Archaeological Excavation 2012 DSR (Dingwall Thing Project). OJT Heritage. Digital.

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