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ID:EHG4280
External Ref:FRW12
Name:Watching brief and excavation - Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waste Water Works
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:June-July 2012

Description

A desk-based assessment, archaeological watching brief and subsequent excavation were conducted by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services in June and July 2012 on behalf of Scottish Water during groundworks on the site of the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waste Water Works. The site was located on land to the west of Greenside Farm, Rosemarkie Road, Rosemarkie. Thirty-nine features of archaeological interest, which included Neolithic and Bronze Age domestic pits, a large Bronze Age corn-drying kiln, a small Bronze Age cremation complex and medieval or post-medieval pits were identified during the watching brief. Two of the cremation pits contained an intact inverted urn and a truncated upright urn. The prehistoric pits and Neolithic fire-pit yielded pottery sherds and lithics as well as charred hazelnut shells and grain. <1>

Subsequent post-excavation analysis was carried out, providing more detail. <2>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION
  • WATCHING BRIEF

Images

Pre-ex shot of site (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASPost-strip at N end of the site compound where sub-soil has not been disturbed. (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASPost-strip (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASPre-strip shot of waterworks area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASGeneral shot of cable line and opened area (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASAnimal bones revealed after heavy rain (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 1: Pre-ex shot of stone feature (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 1: SE facing section - note possible burnt 'stake-hole' next to the N arrow (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 2: Pre-ex shot of area of burning (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 2: Post-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 3: Mid-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 4: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 4: SE facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 10: General shot of the inverted pot in situ (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 9: General shot of a cremation pit (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASGeneral shot of the funerary complex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 19: Pre-ex of possible features or soily hollows (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 19: Pre-ex of possible features or soily hollows (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeatures 16, 17, 20, 22: Pre-ex of feature group (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 18: Pre-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 15: Pre-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 21: Pre-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 19: Post-section and section of dark patches (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 19: E facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASPre-ex of cremation pits 6-10, 11-13 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASPre-ex of cremation pits 6-10, 11-13 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 6: Pre-ex of pit (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 7: Pre-ex of pit, cremated bone showing (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeatures 9 & 10: Pre-ex of pits, cremated bone and pot base visible (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 11: Pre-ex of stone-filled pit (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 12: Pre-ex of pit with pot visible (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 13: Amorphous pit with stone and pot visible (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 23: Working shot showing location of feature (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 23: W-facing sections A-B, C-D (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 23: Post-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 20: E facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 22: SSE facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 18: E facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 18: Post-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 24: SSE facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 17: Pre-ex (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 17: SW facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 16: SW facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 21: WSW facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 11: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 13: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 12: E facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 13: W facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 11: E facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASGeneral working shot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 10: Pre-ex of inverted pot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 6: NW facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 10: Pot in section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 10: SSE facing section in E quad (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeatrure 10: Working shot of excavating pot (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 7: Pre-ex (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 7: W facing section through cremation pit (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 10: Post-ex - prior to lifting pot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeatuer 10: Post-ex - prior to lifting pot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 10: Working shot of wrapping the pot (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASInverted pot in box (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeatures 26-39: Pre-ex image of feature group (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 25: Pre-ex image of pit (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 15: Pre-ex image of pit (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 15: NE facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: General working shot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 8: Pre-ex of truncated upright pot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: E facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 25: N facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 8: Upright pot in situ (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFatures 26-27: Post-section of connecting pits (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 8: WNW facing section A_B (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 8: SSW facing section D_C (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 8: NNE facing section C-D (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 37: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 30 & 31: Pre-ex (31 to left, 30 to right) (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeatures 28-37: Group of features (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASWorking shot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 37: NE facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 37: Record shot of pottery from feature (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 37: Record shot of pottery from feature (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 37: Pot in situ (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: SB excavating feature 25 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 8: Pot prior to lifting (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 33: N facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASSite shot from spoilheap (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASSite shot from spoilheap (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASSite shot from spoilheap (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASSite shot from spoilheap (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASSite shot from spoilheap (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASGeneral working shot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASGeneral working shot (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: Shot of SB excavating (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: W facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 25: W facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 25: S facing section (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 9: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: SB excavating (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 25: N facing section showing kubiena tins in position before removal (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeatures 28 & 29: Pre-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 32: SW facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASWorking shot of LF (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 30: SE facing section (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: Working shot of SB (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASWorking shot (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 31: Mid-ex working shot (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 25: Mid-ex showing stones in fill (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 31: Post-ex prior to lifting stones (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 36: N facing section (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeatures 34 & 36: Post-sectioning (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASPit complex on S side of site, post-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 5: Pre-ex of cairn (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 5: Pre-ex of cairn (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 5: Pre-ex of cairn (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 5: Working shot of LF drawing (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © RoCASFeature 25: N facing section showing ash and charcoal layers and surface of (071) (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 25: Surface of (071) (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 25: Surface of (071b) (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 5: NNE facing section and whole feature (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 25: Surface of (071c) from above (photo by Steven Birch)  © RoCASFeature 5: Showing change in context at base of the pit (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCASFeature 5: Post-ex (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © RoCAS

Reports

Fieldwork report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS) (File size: 3480 KB)Fieldwork report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS) (File size: 4324 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 7311 5711 (131m by 95m)
Map Sheet:NH75NW
Civil Parish:ROSEMARKIE
Geographical Area:ROSS AND CROMARTY
Location:Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waste Water Works

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Fraser, L.. 2012. Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waste Water Works: Archaeological Watching Brief and Excavation. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Fraser, L.. 2014. Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waste Water Works: Archaeological Excavation: Final Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.

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