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Name:DBA and walkover survey - proposed Spittal Hill II Wind Farm
Organisation:AOC Archaeology Group
Date:July 2013


A desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out by AOC Archaeology Group in July 2013 in advance of a proposed wind farm development near Spittal Hill, Caithness. All cultural heritage assests within 1km of the proposed area and all designated sites within 5km were identified and any potential direct or indirect impact were assessed. The walkover survey of the proposed development site was undertaken by AOC in order to relate the existing landscape to research findings and to identify possible hitherto unknown heritage assets. The whole site was systematically surveyed and a photographic record was maintained of all previously known and newly identified heritage assets within the Site. Four SAMs were assessed: the Chapel of Dunn, the Broch at Spittal Farm, the Fairey Hillock chambered cairn and the broch at Knockglass. Impacts on locally significant sites was predicted to be minor, effecting a quarry and a former field marginally although without any significant losses of information content. A watching brief was recommended for certain groundworks near the Chapel of St Magnus, a well, an earthwork bank and three crofts. <1>

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Environmental Statement Cultural Heritage chpater  © AOC Archaeology Ltd (File size: 21943 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred ND 1795 5628 (4458m by 1631m)
Map Sheet:ND15NE
Civil Parish:HALKIRK
Civil Parish:WATTEN
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS
Location:Near Spittal, Caithness

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Environmental Statement: AOC Archaeology Group. 2013. Spittal Hill II Wind Farm: Environmental Statement: Cultural Heritage chapter. AOC Archaeology Group. . Digital.

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