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ID:EHG4195
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Name:Watching brief - land S of Culnabrae, Culnakirk, Drumnadrochit
Organisation:Archaeology North Ltd
Date:Nov 2013

Description

A watching brief was carried out by Archaeology North for Highland Archaeology Services in 2013 during mechanical stripping of topsoil and the clearance of a new house site and access track at land south of Culnabrae, Culnakirk, Drumnadrochit. Excavations revealed five field drains cut into the underlying boulder clay but did not disturb any other significant features or deposits. Traces left by previous land use were either ephemeral or had been destroyed by ploughing. A standing building previously subject to a photographic survey (see EHG4055) was demolished during the topsoil strip. Snow and low temperatures hampered observation and recording but the authors of the report were confident that this was an accurate reflection of the nature and extent of features encountered. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Panoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdPanoramic general view of entire plot prior to work commencing. (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdBothy and byre prior to partial demolition of bothy (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdStart of soil strip to NW of bothy (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdRemoval of disturbed topsoil (0001) to depth of ca.30cm (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdExposed subsoil/boulder clay (0002) after removal of topsoil (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdCompletion of strip (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdBreaching N wall of bothy (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdRemoval of bothy roof (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdDemolition rubble from bothy (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdW-facing section with exposed boulder clay in foreground (0002) (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdE-facing section with exposed boulder clay in foreground (0002) (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdField drain (1002) running E-W cut into boulder clay (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdE-facing section of completed track strip showing topsoil (2001) and underlying boulder clay (1003) (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdAccess track after removal of topsoil (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdAccess track after removal of topsoil (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdJunction of access track [Area 2] and house site (Area 3) at start of topsoil removal (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdField drain cut into boulder clay (2003) (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdField drain cut into boulder clay (2004) (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdWatching Brief Photo (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North LtdWatching Brief Photo (photo by Archaeology North Ltd)  © Archaeology North Ltd

Reports

Watching Brief Report  © Archaeology North Ltd (File size: 642 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 4976 3187 (54m by 68m)
Map Sheet:NH43SE
Civil Parish:URQUHART AND GLENMORISTON
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Land S of Culnabrae, Culnakirk, Drumnadrochit

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Johnston, A & Higgins, P. 2013. Watching Brief - Land S of Culnabrae, Culnakirk, Drumnadrochit. Archaeology North Ltd. Digital.

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