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ID:EHG4279
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Name:DBA and walkover survey - Araid, Loch Torridon
Organisation:Catherine Dagg
Date:March 2012

Description

A DBA and walkover survey were carried out by C Dagg in 2012 at the abandoned crofting township of Araid as a condition of two planning applications for the erection of two houses and associated services. The ruined buildings, dykes and associated features were recorded. It was found that the two house sites were located on foirmer ploughed land, that was judged unlikely to contain any buried archaeological features or deposits. A proposed lochan was in an area of no archaeological interest. A new access road would remove short sections of dykes . <1>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • DESK BASED ASSESSMENT
  • WALKOVER SURVEY

Images

General view of Araid across Loch Diabaig. Settlement area occupies the low ground, centre (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggGeneral view of Araid. Buildings are out of sight to right of level area (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Long building, west elevation and surviving south gable. (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Long building, south gable end with small window opening rigfht of centre (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Long building, south gable and east elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: North end of east elevation, with prominent rectangular shaped sandstone block (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Interior face of south gable end with small window opening (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6 : Interior view to north part of building with raised cobble sleeping platform (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Inner face of west elevation, with probable cruck frame grooves (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: View from above of raised cobble platform in north part of building (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: Extension on north end of building, thick north wall with rubble core (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 6: View of building from enclosures to west (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 7: Building, stable: west elevation and south doorway (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 7: Stable: location on hill with croft house and byre behind (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 7: Stable: isolated location on hill slope (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 7: Stable, SE elevation with two doorways (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 9: Barn or byre, with broad doorway in SE elevation, and cruck frame groove visible (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 9 & 10: SW elevation of byre, left, and croft house. (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 9: SW elevation of byre, showing rough stonework in comparison with croft house behind (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Croft house, SE elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 9 & 10: Byre, left and croft house, SE elevations, with stable, 7, behind on left (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Croft house in its setting, with view to Loch Shieldaig (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Detail of stonework in north gable, showing shaped sandstone quoins (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: SE elevation, north window, with shaped sandstone blocks (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Doorway in SE elevation and window in NW elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: SE elevation, south window (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: SE elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Interior, fireplace in NE elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Interior, fireplace in SW elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Interior, detail of stonework north of window in NW elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 10: Detail of stonework on exterior of NE gable (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 11: Rough rubble walling of rectangular building (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 11: Building, with attached enclosure in foreground and double walls behind (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 12: Building set on terrace to east of open ground, south gable end is formed by rock face (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 13 & 14: Croft house and byre with remains of buildings behind to right (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 13 & 14: Byre, interior, with croft house behind (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 13: Byre, showing rough rubble walling (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 13: Byre, SW end and interior (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: Croft house, SE elevation: north window opening (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: SE elevation, doorway and collapsed section (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: SE elevation, south window and quoins of SW gable (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: SW gable end interior: fireplace and window to upper level (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: NW elevation, interior, detail of stonework showing modification (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: SW gable, fireplace (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: SW gable, window opening with wooden safe lintels (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: Exterior view of croft house (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 14: Byre extension to croft house (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 15: Small square structure, possible former henhouse (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 15: Small square structure with footings of long building behind (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 18: Enclosure, possible infilled entrance in SW end (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 18: Enclosure, with possible attached building under fallen tree on left (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 19: Store at top of port, doorway in SE elevation (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 19: Store building and terrace running along top of harbour wall on right (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 20: Store building halfway up terrace (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Harbour wall of rough rubble to north of port (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Harbour wall (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Harbour wall (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Terrace, laid rubble surface running along behind top of harbour wall (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Harbour wall with cleared terrace behind on right. Port is on far left. (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Port at south end of harbour wall (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 21: Port. Harbour wall is below bank on left (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 22: Enclosure, interpreted as pen for livestock (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 22: View across open ground to enclosure, right of centre above fence posts (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 23 & 24: Dykes, field systems. Straight rubble dykes are probably croft boundaries (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 24: Area of cultivated ground SE of buildings (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 23: Substantial rubble dyke marking west boundary of cultivated ground (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 23: Enclosure on hill slope west of south croft house group (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 23: Field clearance pile built onto bank running south from building 6 (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 24: Cultivation ditch or lynchet (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 24: Double dyke running SE from building 11; probable boundary between crofts (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite 24: Double dyke boundary between croft holdings (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSites 23 & 24: General view over former arable ground and dykes east of main building group (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine DaggSite Plan (photo by Catherine Dagg)  © Catherine Dagg

Reports

Report  © Catherine Dagg (File size: 1417 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NG 7930 5879 (452m by 508m)
Map Sheet:NG75NE
Civil Parish:APPLECROSS
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Araid, Loch Torridon

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Dagg, C.. 2012. Araid, Loch Torridon, Wester Ross: Archaeological Investigation: 2 House Sites and Services: Archaeological Investigation. Dagg, C.. Digital.

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