EHG3073 - Archaeological excavation of inter-tidal deposits, Churchton Bay, Raasay

Technique(s)

Organisation

CFA Archaeology Ltd

Date

Jan-Feb 2007

Description

An archaeological evaluation and excavation and palaeoenvironmental assessment of inter-tidal peat within Clachan Harbour, Raasay, was conducted in advance of the construction of a new ferry terminal. Following the initial survey, four areas (F1-F4) were chosen for investigation because they were most at risk of eroding. F1 and F2 were investigated by hand dug trial trenches. Following the discovery of worked stone tools beneath the peat deposit in F2, more extensive excavation was undertaken. An area measuring 3 by 3m was subdivided into 25 squares each of which was 100% excavated by hand. Artefacts were plotted in 3 dimensions and sampling took place of the deposits below the peat. Initial lithic analyses were also conducted. <1-3> Published article in Lithis 31. <4> The lithic assemblage from the excavation was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 51/12) and allocated to the NMS. <5>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Cressey, M, Dawson, S, Richardson, P and White, R. 02/2007. Clachan Harbour, Churchton Bay, Raasay: an Archaeological and Palaeonvironmental Assessment of an Intertidal Peat Deposit. CFA Archaeology Ltd. 01/03/2007. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Report: Cressey, M, Dawson, S, and White, R. 2008?. Early Holocene relative sea-level changes at Clachan Harbour, Raasay, Scottish Hebrides. CFA Archaeology Ltd. . Digital (scanned as PDF).
  • <3> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Ballin, T, White, R, Richardson, P and Neighbour, T. 2008?. An Early Mesolithic Stone Tool Assemblage from Clachan Harbour, Raasay, Scottish Hebrides. CFA Archaeology Ltd. Digital (scanned as PDF).
  • <4> Text/Publication/Article: Ballin, T, White, R, Richardson, P and Neighbour, T. 2010. 'An Early Mesolithic Stone Tool Assemblage From Clachan Harbour, Raasay, Scottish Hebrides' in Lithics, Volume 31, pp1-11. Digital.
  • <5> Dataset/Database File: Treasure Trove. 2019. Highland Finds from Treasure Trove Annual Reports 2004-18. Treasure Trove. Digital. TT 51/12.

Map

Location

Location Clachan Harbour, Churchton Bay, Raasay
Grid reference Centred NG 54463 36427 (34m by 39m)
Map sheet NG53NW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Operational Area ROSS SKYE AND LOCHABER

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Lithic scatter, Clachan Harbour (Monument)

Parent/preceding Site Events/Activities (1)

  • Archaeological and palaeoenvironmental assessment, Churchton Bay, Raasay

Record last edited

Mar 21 2020 12:37PM

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