EHG2912 - Field-walking survey, North Dornoch



Stuart Farrell


Oct-Nov 2007


A programme of archaeological evaluation took place following a prior desk-based assessment and walkover survey in 2004. The evaluation consisted of field-walking, a metal detecting survey, geophysical survey and trial trenching. Only two of the fields were suitable for field-walking, the third being partly under-sown with grass. A total of 425 objects were recovered and their positions recorded using a Garmin II handheld GPS. Initial results indicated that most of the finds were Victorian in date with a lot of white glazed pottery and early 20th century glass. Modern finds included several golf balls, particularly from Phase 1. Limited amounts of well abraded medieval pottery were recovered. Further analysis is recommended. <1> NH 795 902 An evaluation was undertaken to the N of Dornoch prior to a planning application for a housing development. The site lies in the area where a number of metal-detected finds have been made in the past 13 years. Work in October to November 2007 revealed few significant archaeological features consisting of a kiln/hearth, posthole, a field boundary and agricultural drainage. Report to be deposited with Highland SMR and RCAHMS. Funder: Mr J Mackintosh. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Farrell, S. 11/2007. Interim Report of Archaeological Work for the Dornoch Development Area, Dornoch, Highland. Unaffiliated. 12/12/2007. Digital.
  • <2> Dataset: RCAHMS. 01/2009. Annual update from Canmore. Digital.



Location North Dornoch Masterplan area
Grid reference Centred NH 79554 90118 (225m by 463m) (Centred)
Map sheet NH79SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Parent/preceding Site Events/Activities (1)

  • Desk-based assessment and walkover survey, North Dornoch

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Nov 27 2014 10:15AM

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