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ID:EHG4209
External Ref:ALF14
Name:DBA & walkover survey - Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord Hydro Scheme
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:March 2014

Description

A DBA and walkover survey was carried out by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in 2014 on behalf of ALF Burn Hydro Ltd in advance of the installation of a 100kW hydro scheme at Auchmore Farm, near Muir of Ord, Ross-shire. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be directly affected by the proposed development and access road in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites identified. Seventeen archaeological sites, most of which relate mainly to post-medieval settlement of the area, of which four of will be directly impacted by the current development layout, were recorded. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

Drystone dyke on the northeast side of the proposed access track (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large clearance cairns at the end of the proposed access track and in the vicinity of the proposed powerhouse (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Drystone dyke on the southeast side of the Allt Fionnaidh (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Drystone dyke on the southeast side of the Allt Fionnaidh (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Location of the proposed powerhouse (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large clearance cairns at the end of the proposed access track and in the vicinity of the proposed powerhouse (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Drystone dyke on the northwest side of the Allt Fionnaidh (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)A degraded drystone dyke (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large spread of stone - most likely field clearance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Low stone dyke showing some double-facing (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Low stone dyke with upright set stones (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Low stone dyke with upright set stones (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Low stone dyke showing some double-facing in the construction (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Low stone dyke with stone spread (7b) in the background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Stone and turf dyke with stone spread (7a) in the background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large spread of stone comprising a base of small stones topped with boulders (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large stones / boulders forming a relict wall overlain by the present wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Large stones / boulders forming a relict wall overlain by the present wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Stone and turf footings of buildings (9b in the foreground, 9a in the centre and 9c in the background) (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Stone and turf footings of a house (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Showing the stone platform at the W end of the house (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Showing the stone platform at the W end of the house (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Structure 9c with the W end cut into the bank. 9b can be seen in the background. (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Sub-circular shieling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Sub-circular shieling (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Possible hut circle platform (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)A modified natural feature with two compartments that may have been used as shielings (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Small compartments built at the base of the knoll (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Small compartments built at the base of the knoll (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Turf bank / dyke running towards the base of Cnoc Udais (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Hut circle with a later structure built over it (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Hut circle with a later structure built over it (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS) (File size: 3302 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 4893 4983 (1271m by 1468m)
Map Sheet:NH44NE
Civil Parish:URRAY
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Land 400m S of Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Fraser, L.. 2014. Auchmore Farm, Muir of Ord, Installation of Hydro Scheme: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment, Walkover Survey and Watching Brief. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS). Digital.

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