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ID:EHG4210
External Ref:NNA14
Name:Trial trenching - Newfield North, Alness
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Jan 2014

Description

A trial trenching evaluation was carried out by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in 2014 on the site of a proposed housing development on land located on the northeast side of Alness, Ross-shire. During a previous site visit there were no potential archaeological features observed on the ground, although spreads of stones from field clearance were noted around the north, east and west boundaries of the of the eastern field. Animal burrowing had also revealed a shallow topsoil layer. The previously-cleared western section was walked over to check for any signs of

archaeological features or artefacts.

Due to 10-m buffer requirement between the mechanical excavator and overhead power lines, the northern edge

of the site could not be evaluated. As the western area had been mostly cleared around a ponded area and a large spoil bund covered part of the site, the trench layout had to be revised at the time of the evaluation to target areas with any remaining archaeological potential. A ponded area in the northwest corner of the eastern area had to be avoided and the made-up ground, which had limited archaeological potential, in the northeast corner of the site could not be accessed due to the position of overhead power lines.

Twenty trenches totalling 2,581m², 6.3% of the total site area (40,700m²), were mechanically excavated across the proposed development area. Three features of archaeological interest, associated with field drainage, were identified on the site. The only finds recovered from the topsoil were approximately 10 fragments of scattered C19-C20 ceramics and a small amount of modern glass and plastic. No further work was recommended. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • TRIAL TRENCH

Images

Trench 1, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 1, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Centre of Trench 1, post-excavation - dark areas showing subsoil colour changes (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 1, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 1, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 6, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 6, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 7, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 7, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 8, post-excavation; subsoil change to clay half-way across trench (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 2, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)SE end of Trench 3, post-excavation; the faint remains of machine plough-marks are visible at the end of the trench (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)NW end of Trench 3, post-excavation; subsoil change to clay (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 4, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)South end of Trench 5, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Central section of Trench 5, post-excavation; change to clay subsoil (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 1 in Trench 5 - not recorded due to water-logged conditions (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)North end of Trench 5, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 12, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 9, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 2 in Trench 9 - rubble-filled field drain (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 2 in Trench 9 - rubble-filled field drain (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 11, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 10, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 14, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 13, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking across the trenches investigated in the previously cleared, western side of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking across the trenches investigated in the previously cleared, western side of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 19, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 18, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 17, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 16, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 15, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Trench 20, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking across the previously cleared area in front of the spoil mound; west side of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking along the line of the overhead power lines behind the spoil mound on the west side of the site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking along the track at the northwest side of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Looking along the track at the central north side of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Previously cleared and built-up area on the northeast corner of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Previously cleared and built-up area on the northeast corner of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View across the trenches excavated in the eastern half of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View across the trenches excavated in the eastern half of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View across the trenches excavated in the eastern half of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)View across the trenches excavated in the eastern half of the proposed development site (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 3 - after cleaning back and recording (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 3 - after cleaning back and recording (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 3 - after cleaning back and recording (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 3 - after cleaning back and recording (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Location of Feature 3 at the centre of the west edge of the proposed development area; (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Location of Feature 3 at the centre of the west edge of the proposed development area; (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Remains of the gravel and stone-filled field drain running off of Feature 3 (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)Feature 4 bank/ditch is visible in the far right of the image (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)

Reports

Trial Trenching Report  © RoCAS (File size: 3812 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 6689 7029 (277m by 133m)
Map Sheet:NH67SE
Civil Parish:ROSSKEEN
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Newfield North, Alness

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M.. 2014. Newfield North, Alness: Trial Trenching Evaluation. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS). Digital.

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