EHG4056 - Trial trenching - Home Farm, Portree, Isle of Skye

Technique(s)

Organisation

CFA Archaeology Ltd

Date

Feb 2005

Description

An archaeological evaluation in relation to a proposed residential housing development at Home Farm, Portree, Isle of Skye was carried out by CFA Archaeology in 2005. A total of ninety trenches, covering an area of 11,037m², were excavated (5 of these by hand; 85 by machine) in which a range of features and artefacts were recovered ranging in date from prehistoric to medieval. Finds included: undiagnostic lithics, a rotary quern, four buildings, a platform, an enclosure, an area of 'broad rig' cultivation terraces, a well, an array of turf and stone banks, and burnt bone possibly from a bronze age funerary monument. <1> Excavation by Headland following this evaluation focused in a small area to the west of the site (see EHG1358). A watching brief was carried out by CFA in 2006-7 focusing on the east of the site, where archaeological remains were thought to be less substantial, discovered a series of prehistoric features (see EHG1601). All the investigations on the east side of the site have subseqently been published as Scottish Archaeological Internet Report (SAIR) 54 : see attached link. <2> The excavation assemblage from CFA's 2005 work along with the assemblage from their 2006/7 work (EHG1601) was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 104/11) and allocated to the Museum of the Isles. See attached TT report. <4> <5> The lithic assemblage discovered during trial trenching (By Headland, EHG1358) was characterised by Toben Bjarke Ballin in 2014. <3>

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Suddaby, I. 2005. Home Farm, Portree, Skye: Archaeological Evaluation: Data Structure Report, No. 1034. CFA Archaeology Ltd. 01/04/2005. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Publication/Monograph: Suddaby, I. 2013. Excavation of post-built roundhouses and a circular ditched enclosure at Kiltaraglen, Portree, Isle of Skye: 2006-7. Scottish Archaeological Internet Report. 54. Online.
  • <3> Text/Report: Ballin, T B. 2014. Home Farm, Portree, Isle of Skye and Lochalsh, Highland: The lithic assemblage. N/A. Digital.
  • <4> Dataset/Database File: Treasure Trove. 2019. Highland Finds from Treasure Trove Annual Reports 2004-18. Treasure Trove. Digital. TT 104/11.
  • <5> Text/Record Form: Treasure Trove. 2019. Treasure Trove Artefact Reports for Highland Area 1994-2018. Treasure Trove. Digital. TT 104/11.

Map

Location

Location Home Farm, Portree, Isle of Skye
Grid reference Centred NG 4777 4428 (516m by 469m)
Map sheet NG44SE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Operational Area ROSS SKYE AND LOCHABER
Civil Parish PORTREE

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Skye, Portree, Home Farm (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 30 2020 9:54PM

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