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Record details

ID:EHG4278
External Ref:POOL14
Name:Watching brief - 9 Croft, Poolewe
Organisation:West Coast Archaeological Services
Date:June 2014

Description

A controlled strip watching brief was conducted by West Coast Archaeological Services in 2014 during the topsoil clearance of a site for a new house and agricultural building at 9 Croft, Poolewe. The demolition of an existing house and byre was also observed. Six features of archaeological interest were recorded on the site, including boundary walls, an existing ruinous building, the remains of an earlier structure and a pit of unknown use. Although several artefacts which may be associated with the site were recovered from the topsoil and demolition layer of the building, their original context was uncertain. <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Looking over the house site and boundary wall at the start of site clearance (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLooking over the house site and boundary wall at the start of site clearance (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite of the proposed shed with the ruinous house-byre in back (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesTopsoil in progress over the location of the shed site (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesInternal partition wall within the house-byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCorrugated iron and timber partition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCruck-slot in the W wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCruck-slot in the W wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCruck-slot in the W wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCruck-slot in the W wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe door jamb in the E wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe door jamb in the E wall of the house (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe W wall of the house and byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesClose up of the W wall - the ranging pole marks the location of where the later wall joins the earlier building (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesClose up shot of the N entrance wall (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesTopsoil removal to the N of the byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesE wall of the house-byre ruin, prior to demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesE wall of the house-byre ruin, prior to demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesN end of platform edge for the house-byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesN end of platform edge for the house-byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLooking over the platform edge for the house-byre, post-excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLooking over the platform edge for the house-byre, post-excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLooking over the platform edge for the house-byre, post-excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesS end of the platform edge for the house-byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesS end of the platform edge for the house-byre (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesLooking N over the E wall of the house during demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesShed site after topsoil stripping (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesHouse site after topsoil stripping (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe house-byre site following demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe pit, feature 4, following excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe pit, feature 4, following excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesThe pit, feature 4, following excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesW-facing section of boundary wall, after excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesW-facing section of boundary wall, after excavation (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesE-facing exterior (?) face  of an earlier wall base (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesE-facing exterior (?) face  of an earlier wall base (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesW-facing exterior  face of the W house-byre wall, after demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesW-facing exterior  face of the W house-byre wall, after demolition (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesW wall of the rubble-built house-byre after demolition (left and earlier wall Feature 5 (right) (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesCompact, hard surface within the interior of F5 (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesBuried iron stake to the SE  side of F5 (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesExterior face of the  wall of the earlier structure (photo by Sam Williamson)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite of the house-byre ruin after demolition: looking over the remains of the dressed stone-built earlier wall (Feature 5 - centre (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSite of the house-byre ruin after demolition: looking over the remains of the dressed stone-built earlier wall (Feature 5 - centre) (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF1-a - iron objects from the topsoil (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF1-b to 1-e - ceramic and glass finds from the topsoil (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-a - cast iron lid from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-b - iron doorknob from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-c - padlock from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-d - electrical fittings from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-e and 2-f - glass and ceramic finds from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesSF2-g - tin bowl from the demolition layer around the ruinous  building (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © West Coast Archaeological Services

Reports

Report  © West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 2857 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 8596 7978 (17m by 27m)
Map Sheet:NG87NE
Civil Parish:GAIRLOCH
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:9 Croft, Poolewe

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch. S., Fraser, L., Peteranna, M.. 2014. New House and Agricultural Building: 9 Croft, Poolewe: Archaeological Controlled Strip Watching Brief. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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