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ID:EHG4255
External Ref:CAM14
Name:DBA and watching brief - Cameron Square, Fort William
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Feb 2014

Description

An archaeological watching brief and desk-based assessment was carried out over multiple days within a three week period in 2014 by RoCAS as part of a refurbishment project of Cameron Square, Fort William. Three archaeological features comprising structural remains of earlier phases of the square were recorded during the fieldwork. These included the remains of a C19 monument, an associated 'V'-shaped drain and an area of cobbled road surface. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Image of Cameron Square at the start of the 2014 refurbishment works; facing the West Highland Museum (left) with no.40 High Street on the right side (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesImage of Cameron Square at the start of the 2014 refurbishment works; removal of existing concrete setts in progress (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking over Cameron Square at the start of the 2014 refurbishment during removal of concrete setts (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking over Cameron Square to the West Highland Museum on the SW side of the square with no.40 High Street on the right (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLocation of profile images 7-8, no.40 High Street (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPhoto showing pit after removal of tree planter on NW side of Cameron Square; photo shows topsoil over redeposited gravels (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPhoto showing pit after removal of tree planter on N side of Cameron Square; photo shows topsoil over redeposited gravel (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesThe base of the Kennedy Monument showing through the a compact sandy soil layer (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesThe base of the Kennedy Monument showing through the a compact sandy soil layer (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of NW-facing profile of the Kennedy monument base showing the base of the electrical cable trench on the SW side of the structure (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSW wall of the Kennedy monument base with the electrical cable trench to left (NE) (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW wall of the Kennedy monument base with the electrical cable trench running through it (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE wall of the Kennedy monument base with the electrical cable trench running through it (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE wall of the Kennedy monument base with the electrical cable trench to right (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE wall of the Kennedy monument base, post-excavation, showing the rubble and lime mortar fill on the inside of the structure (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSE wall of the Kennedy monument, post-excavation, showing the rubble and lime mortar fill on the inside of the structure (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNE wall and N corner of the Kennedy monument base post-excavation, showing the stone slab and lime mortar construction (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW wall of the Kennedy monument, post-excavation, showing the rubble and gravel fill inside the structure (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW-facing wall section, post-excavation, with West Highland Museum in background (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW-facing wall section, post-excavation, with the N side of Cameron Square in background (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW-facing wall section, post-excavation, with the N side of Cameron Square and High St in background (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW-facing wall section, post-excavation, with the NW side of Cameron Square and High St in background (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing profile of Kennedy monument, showing lime mortar and sandstone/schist slab construction (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing profile of the Kennedy monument base showing the base of the electrical cable trench on the SW side of the structure (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRecording of the monument base in progress (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyRecording of the monument base in progress (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyWorking shot with Kennedy monument base and West Highland Museum in background (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing section of monument base, N end (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesNW-facing section of monument base, NW end with service trench cut (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW wall face, post-excavation (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesKennedy monument base and NW wall face, post-excavation (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesCapping slabs for the 'V'-shaped drain running northeast-ward from the Kennedy monument (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyLooking through the 'V'-shaped drain, partially silted up in the base (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyImage shows the 'V'-shaped drain in situ after lifting of a slate capping slab, which had been covered by the sand and soil layers in Cameron Square for 150 years (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyLocation image of the drain (F3) where it terminated at the base of the Kennedy Monument (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyRemains of the drain (F3), running NE-ward from the base of the Kennedy monument (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyRemains of the drain (F3), running NE-ward from the base of the Kennedy monument; the thin slate side slabs and thick lime mortar layer supporting the sides is visible (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyRemains of the drain (F3), running NE-ward from the base of the Kennedy monument; the thin slate side slabs and thick lime mortar layer supporting the sides is visible (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyMid-excavation image of a surviving section of the 'V'-shaped drain in the N corner of Cameron Square (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLooking over the SSW-facing profile of a surviving section of the 'V'-shaped drain, mid-excavation; the image shows the thin slabs supported by a thick lime mortar layer (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of a surviving section of the 'V'-shaped drain; the image shows the thin slabs supported by a thick lime mortar layer overlying the natural gravel (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of a surviving section of the 'V'-shaped drain; the image shows the thin slabs supported by a thick lime mortar layer overlying the natural gravel (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of a the SSW-facing section through the 'V'-shaped drain; the image shows the thin slabs supported by a thick lime mortar layer overlying the natural gravel (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of a the SSW-facing section through the 'V'-shaped drain; the image shows the thin slabs supported by a thick lime mortar layer overlying the natural gravel (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesWorking shot, showing the cobbled surface in front of the buildings on the SE side of the West Highland Museum (photo by Robert Cairns)  © Lochaber Archaeological SocietyWorking shot, Cameron Square during refurbishment, showing the location of the Kennedy monument base (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMid-excavation image of cobbled surface during removal of overlying concrete step (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of cobbled surface in the  S corner of Cameron Square, in front of the buildings to the SE side of the West Highland Museum (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of cobbled surface in the  S corner of Cameron Square, in front of the buildings to the SE side of the West Highland Museum (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of cobbled surface in front of the buildings to the SE side of the West Highland Museum; service trench cuts within and adjacent to the feature are visible (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesPost-excavation image of cobbled surface in front of the buildings to the SE side of the West Highland Museum; service trench cuts within and adjacent to the feature are visible (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesImage showing detail of the cobbled surface, with service trench cuts visible (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesImage showing detail of the cobbled surface, with service trench cuts visible (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesImage showing detail of the cobbled surface, overlying a thin yellow sand levelling layer over natural gravel (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesLocation image of the cobbled surface in front of the alley entrance on the SE side of the West Highland Museum (photo by John Wombell)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services (File size: 3876 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NN 1022 7390 (33m by 50m)
Map Sheet:NN17SW
Civil Parish:KILMALLIE
Geographical Area:LOCHABER
Location:Cameron Square, Fort William

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M. & Wombell, J.. 2014. Refurbishment of Cameron Square, High Street, Fort William: Archaeological Watching Brief. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS). Digital.

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