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Name:Watching Brief - Fort George, Ardersier
Organisation:Stuart Farrell
Date:Feb 2014


A small-scale archaeological watching brief was carried out by S Birch on behalf of S Farrell in 2014 on behalf of Turner Estate Solutions Ltd at Fort George, Ardersier, Highland, as part of a Scheduled Monument Consent. The work was carried out in advance of the removal and replacement of a new cable joint at the southeast corner of the current visitor centre building. The excavations revealed a section of the footings of the visitor building and an open access hole through the fabric of the building that had been used for routing service cables into the building’s interior. The sediments abutting the southeast side of the building had been heavily disturbed in the past in creating the original services trench. These mixed sediments produced fragments of ceramic drain, fragments of ‘industrial period’ ceramics and glass, animal bone and two fragments of lead. The southeast-facing section of the excavations showed less disturbed material abutting the southwest corner of the building. <1>

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Pre-excavation shot showing SE gable of visitor centre building (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchPost-excavation image showing foundations at SE end of building and cables entering building through hole in foundations (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchPost-excavation image showing foundations at SE end of building and deposits abutting (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchGeneral image of trench showing location in relation to gable of visitor building (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchClose view of foundations of visitor building and cable hole through foundations (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchImage showing deposits abutting the visitor building foundations on the SW side (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven BirchView looking up the excavated trench showing existing service cables and the mixed backfill deposits (photo by Steven Birch)  © Steven Birch


Fieldwork report  © Steven Birch and Stuart Farrell (File size: 1422 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 7649 5681 (2m by 4m)
Map Sheet:NH75NE
Civil Parish:ARDERSIER
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Fort George, Ardersier

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S. & Farrell, S.. 2014. Fort George, Ardersier, Highland: Archaeological Watching Brief. Stuart Farrell. Digital.

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