EHG3485 - Trial trenching - Spey Dam, Laggan

Technique(s)

Organisation

GUARD Archaeology Ltd

Date

Feb 2011

Description

Due to the proximity of archaeological remains such as the site of St Michael’s Chapel and the deserted township of Crathie, an archaeological evaluation of a proposed development area at Spey Dam near Laggan was undertaken by GUARD Archaeology Ltd in 2011. Seven trenches were excavated which encountered a number of undated archaeological features. A possible clearance cairn was identified towards the north western part of the development area, while towards the south eastern part of the development area, a deposit containing a good quantity of burnt faunal bone and charcoal, possibly representing the remains of a hearth, next to the ruinous remains of a dry stone structure was encountered.<1> A soil sample from the probable hearth deposit was subsequently flotation processed and analysed. A single fragment of alder charcoal was selected for AMS radiocarbon dating and returned an Iron Age date. See the related monument record for more details. <2> The results of the evaluation have been published online. <3>

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Hunter Blair, A. 03/2011. Spey Dam, Laggan: Data Structure Report. GUARD Archaeology Ltd. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: GUARD Archaeology Ltd. 09/2011. Spey Dam, Laggan; Post-excavation report; Project 3322. GUARD Archaeology Ltd. Digital.
  • <3> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Hunter Blair, A. & and Ramsay, S.. 2012. In the Shadow of Dun da Lamh: An Archaeological Evaluation near Spey Dam, Laggan. GUARD Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

Map

Location

Location Land to east of Spey Dam, Laggan
Grid reference Centred NN 58294 93711 (138m by 117m) (Centred)
Map sheet NN59SE
Operational Area INVERNESS NAIRN BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY
Geographical Area BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Possible clearance cairn, Crathie, Laggan (Monument)
  • Spey Dam (Monument)
  • Structural remains and other features, Crathie, Laggan (Monument)

Record last edited

Aug 7 2018 11:30AM

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