EHG3159 - Geophysical survey - Culloden Battlefield

Technique(s)

EARTH RESISTANCE (RESISTIVITY) SURVEY, MAGNETOMETRY SURVEY

Organisation

Centre for Field Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Date

1995

Description

Resistance and gradiometer surveys were conducted on two discrete areas of the battlefield at Culloden by CFA (Edinburgh) in 1995: the area around Old Leanach and an area in the extreme west of land owned by NTS. The project was instigated after cartographic research, and had three main aims: to establish the presence of remains of other structures around the extant building at Old Leanach; to locate the remains, if any, of a pentangular turf-built enclosure at the west of the battlefield; and to identify the position of the reputed 'grave of the English dead'. The survey around Old Leanach successfully identified two regions of high resistance of similar surface area to the extant building which probably reflect the footings of associated buildings. The larger survey to the west identified nothing of any great antiquity, save for a very faint anomaly noted on the gradiometer survey. This anomaly had a magnitude little greater than the background, and would be very difficult to view as significant, if it were not aligned on a similar orientation to the cartographic evidence for the turf dyke. <1> DES Summary <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

Map

Location

Location Site of Culloden Battlefield
Grid reference Centred NH 74299 44841 (479m by 378m)
Map sheet NH74SW
Civil Parish DAVIOT AND DUNLICHITY
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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