A desk-based assessment and walk-over survey was undertaken by Highland Archaeology Services in 2012 to identify and record the nature and extent of archaeological features that might be affected by the construction of a hydro-electric scheme at Allt Iarairidh in Glen Moriston, Highland. A single site, an enclosure already known, was photographed. The proposed penstock route was walked and inspected for signs of archaeological or other cultural heritage features, including potential for buried evidence. A minimum 50m corridor was checked along the penstock line as well as the turbine house site and a section of river bank approximately 185m long above the proposed intake. Much of the proposed line lay in mature forest plantation but despite extensive evidence of forestry ploughing, especially around the proposed intake area this was for the most part reasonably accessible. In some more open areas, deep or dense vegetation made close inspection difficult but as far as could be established, no archaeology was present, and follow-up work is unlikely to be worthwhile in this case. It was judged that no features of archaeological or cultural heritage significance were likely to be affected by this development. <1>
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