EHG1436 - Excavation - Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan (2006 season)

Technique(s)

TRIAL TRENCH

Organisation

Ardnamurchan Transitions Project

Date

July-Aug 2006

Description

Three excavation trenches were carried out by members of the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project during July and August 2006 in order to investigate archaeological features in Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan. The work was undertaken for two reasons: to assist in developing a detailed excavation strategy for future seasons and to provide a preliminary contribution towards the wider project aims of establishing date, form and chronological sequence of the Cladh Aindreis chambered cairn. Secondly, to begin to define the boundaries of the monument and the record the palaeoenvironmental setting of the site.Trench 1 was placed in proximity to the remains of the Cladh Aindreis chambered cairn with a 5m buffer zone to ensure that no work was carried out within the designated Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) area of this monument. This trench contained a small stone cairn. The second trench, a small 1x2m test pit was opened on top of a small knoll to the east of the chamber cairn. The third trench was opened to the north west measuring 6.9x1m to investigate an area that had respected by lazy bed cultivation. <1> <2> Trench 3 was subsequently expanded in 2011 (see EHG4085).

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Map

Location

Location Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan
Grid reference Centred NM 5466 7076 (146m by 33m)
Map sheet NM57SW
Civil Parish ARDNAMURCHAN
Geographical Area LOCHABER

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

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