Rescue excavation was carried out in 1985 on the recorded site of an early medieval burial ground and chapel prior to the construction of a new dwelling house at Newhall Point, Balblair. Initially two small trenches were opened and a probe survey was conducted across the threatened area. Followig the discovery of three burials within the trial trenches, three larger areas were opened and exavated.
A complex cluster of east/west and north/south orientated skeletons was uncovered. The roughly circular cemetery, c.20m in diameter, was at least partly enclosed by a ditch. Crudely worked, sandstone blocks found within some grave fills formed "head-sets". No artefacts were found in any of the graves. The project was funded by Historic Scotland. <1>
Text/Publication/Article: Reed, D.. 1995. The excavation of a cemetery and putative chapel site at Newhall Point, Balblair, Ross and Cromarty, 1985. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Vol. 125. 779-791.
Find a placename, postcode or grid reference
The map is limited to 3000 records per layer so not all records are being displayed for this area. Zoom in to see more.
Newhall Point, Balblair
Centred NH 70882 67073 (20m by 16m) (Centred)
ROSS AND CROMARTY
ROSS SKYE AND LOCHABER
Related Monuments/Buildings (2)
MHG40739Site of burial ground, Chapelton, Newhall Point (Monument)
MHG8766Site of chapel, Chapelton, Newhall Point (Monument)
Record last edited
May 13 2019 1:26PM
Comments and Feedback
Do you have any more information about this record? Please feel free to comment with information and photographs, or ask any questions, using the "Disqus" tool below. Comments are moderated, and we aim to respond/publish as soon as possible.