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Name:Trial trenching - Fort William and Inverlochy Archaeological project
Organisation:Glasgow University (GUARD)
Date:Sept 2007


In August and September 2007, the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology and Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD) conducted a programme of archaeological investigation of the remains of the old fort at Fort William, part of the Parade in the town of Fort William and the battlefield of Inverlochy. The fieldwork involved geophysical survey at the fort and the Parade (see EHG4351), followed by trial excavation of anomalies, and the metal detector survey of an area near Inverlochy Castle in search of remains of the battle fought there in 1645 (see EHG4724). The four trial trenches at the Parade exposed several rich midden deposits and material providing evidence for the burning of the town of Maryburgh, as suggested in contemporary accounts in 1746. The results from the five trenches at the fort were not so positive, as most traces of the garrison were removed in the C19 and C20 through its use as a railway yard; however, a trench outside the fort suggested survival of midden deposits pre-dating this period of destruction. This part-Heritage Lottery assisted project was a Highland 2007 initiative supported by Lochaber Community Fund and Highland Council, and included active participation on the part of the local community, including school groups and metal detectorists. <1>

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Fieldwork report  © GUARD (File size: 23319 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NN 1042 7417 (66m by 270m)
Map Sheet:NN17SW
Civil Parish:KILMALLIE
Geographical Area:LOCHABER
Location:Fort William

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Sources and further reading

  • Text/Publication/Article: Pollard, T. 2008. The Archaeology of the Siege of Fort William, 1746. Journal of Conflict Archaeology Vol. 4. 189-230. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Pollard, T. & Lelong, O.. 2007. Fort William and Inverlochy Archaeological Project (Historic Conflict in the Highlands) Culduthel Mains Farm, Inverness: Phase 5. Excavation of a Later Prehistoric Settlement. Glasgow University (GUARD). 09/01/2008. Paper and Digital.

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