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ID:EHG4731
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Name:Excavation - Comar Wood Dun
Organisation:Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS)
Date:Aug-Nov 2013

Description

A prehistoric enclosed dun was discovered by Forest District staff in Comar Wood, Strathglass, 1km southwest of Cannich, during a pre-felling check on the woodland in the Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District in 2010. The dun and the area around it were felled in 2013 in a manner which has avoided structural damage to the site. Following a detailed contour and measured survey of the dun site and landscape features (see EHG4357), seven trenches were excavated by Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services in 2013. The site was interpreted as a galleried dun with an unusually well-defined defensive outwork. Later buildings of probable Post-medieval date have been built into the rubble of the dun and outwork. <1>

A final report following post-excavation analysis has also been produced. <2>

Type(s) of Investigation

  • EXCAVATION

Images

Post-excavation aerial photograph, S direction is up (photo by Edward Martin)  © Edward MartinPost-excavation aerial photograph of Trench 1, looking SE over the W side of the dun (photo by Edward Martin)  © Edward MartinAerial image of the hearth in Trench 1 and Trench 7 (left), S direction is up (photo by Edward Martin)  © Edward MartinLooking from the rise to the W side of the site over the dun enclosure wall and dun entrance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesExcavation in progress in Trench 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesMorning fog at Comar Wood dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRecording in progress, E side of Trench 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesRecording in progress, Trench 1 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological SevicesLooking over the hearth in the courtyard of the dun, with Strath Glass in background (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesSite after backfilling (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: Hearth setting appearing at the E end of the dun entrance (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: Hearth feature 113 and stone setting 114 (photo by Steven Birch)  © West Coast Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: SW corner of hearth section - showing hearth edge and base slabs and rotary quernstone (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: Working shot - Trench 1 hearth; dun entrance and structure in background (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: Working shot - post holes in line with S entrance passage wall (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: Two postholes in line with S entrance passage wall with a third posthole inside the dun interior (centre left) (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 1: N-facing trench section, E end of trench, showing stratigraphic sequence inside courtyard of dun (photo by Sam Williamson)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Pre-excavation image of Trench 2 on the N side of the dun (photo by Sam Williamson)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Mid-excavation image, N end of Trench 2 after initial clean-back (photo by Sam Williamson)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Looking over Trench 2 after initial clean-back - showing the outer face just visible below the rubble spread on the outside of the dun (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Dun outer wall face, post-excavation (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Looking SW down the glen over the dun outer wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: half-section, cleaned to 212 natural, and probable inner face of dun wall in centre back of image (photo by Cathy MacIver)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 2: Possible intramural cell, N end of Trench 2, and dun outer wall (photo by Cathy MacIver)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 3: Mid-excavation photo of enclosure wall, after initial clean-back (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 3: SE-facing section through 'slopewash', redeposited natural abutting E face of the enclosure wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Aerchaeological ServicesTrench 3: Alignment of stones on the NW end of the enclosure wall, which appears to be the base of an entrance cell wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 4: Post-excavation image of Trench 4, upper archaeological deposits and inner wall faces in Structure 1 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 5: Recording outer wall and blocked passage (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Crmarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 5: Post-exc image showing dun outer wall and blocked-up passage, overlooking possible external wall (photo by Mary Peteranna)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 6: Mid-excavation image of trench through possible entrance in Structure 2 (photo by Lynn Fraser)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological ServicesTrench 7: Post-ex image, showing the type of deposits on the E side of the courtyard (photo by Cathy MacIver)  © Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services

Reports

Fieldwork Report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 13838 KB)Fieldwork Report  © Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services and West Coast Archaeological Services (File size: 9203 KB)
Grid Reference:Centred NH 3250 3101 (40m by 28m)
Map Sheet:NH33SW
Civil Parish:KILMORACK
Geographical Area:INVERNESS
Location:Comar Wood, Cannich, Strathglass

Associated Finds - none

Sources and further reading

  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S., Fraser, L. and Peteranna, M.. 2014. Comar Wood Dun: Archaeological Evaluation and Measured Survey: Cannich, Strathglass, Scotland: Data Structure Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services. Digital.
  • Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Peteranna, M., Birch, S. and Fraser, L.. 2014. Comar Wood Dun: Archaeological Evaluation and Measured Survey: Cannich, Strathglass, Scotland: Final Report. Ross & Cromarty Archaeological Services (RoCAS) & West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.

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