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Name:DBA and walkover survey - proposed Strathy North Wind Farm, Farr, Sutherland
Organisation:CFA Archaeology Ltd
Date:Mar 05-Feb 06


A desk based assessment and walkover survey was carried out by CFA Archaeology in March 2005 and February 2006 in advance of a proposed wind farm development scheme at Strathy North Wind Farm, Farr. The field survey was undertaken within the accessible parts of the proposed development area and within a 40m corridor centred on the proposed access route along the existing track and within 100m corridor of any new track. Most of the proposed wind farm area supported dense and impenetrable conifer plantations, which severely restricted the extent to which field survey could be carried out. Unplanted areas principally along burns and within clearings were surveyed wherever accessible and sites identified through the DBA were visited, where possible, to assess their current condition. Five archaeological sites were identified within the area; a pre-clearance township, a farmstead, a group of enclosures, a shieling or shelter and a cairn. A further 32 archaeological sites were identified within the proposed access route corridor. There were no cultural heritage sites with statutory protection within the proposed development area. It was considered that additional buried and unrecorded remains of archaeological significance may survive across the application area and were considered more likely to occur in land bordering the River Strathy where known sites were concentrated. Through iterative design, it was possible to avoid almost all known archaeological sites within the proposed wind farm area. Fourteen sites were predicted to receive direct impacts from the construction of the proposed access route. <1>

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Environmental Statement Cultural Heritage chapter  © CFA Archaeology and SSE (File size: 20627 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NC 8216 6034 (6225m by 9675m)
Map Sheet:NC86SW
Civil Parish:FARR
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND
Location:Farr, Sutherland

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Environmental Statement: CFA Archaeology. 2007. Strathy North Wind Farm; Environmental Statement: Vol. 2 Written Statement: Chapter 13 Cultural Heritage. CFA Archaeology. . Digital (scanned as PDF).

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