EHG4080 - Excavation - Torrachilty, Contin

Technique(s)

Organisation

Rathmell Archaeology Ltd

Date

Aug 2011

Description

A targeted evaluation of a suspected hut circle at Torrachilty, was carried out by Rathmell Archaeology in 2011 at the request of the Forestry Commission Scotland. The feature had been chosen to be the subject of a study to measure the impact of forestry operations on archaeological features. Four trenches were hand excavated. In addition a survey of the immediate area around the feature was carried out to assess and characterise any other features. The evaluation and survey concluded that the feature was probably not a hut circle but rather an animal fold related to shieling activities and that it did not lie within a landscape of additional identifiable sites. <1> <2> <3> A post-excavation assessment of a sample from a hearth deposit was carried out that found that the fetaure was in fact early Iron Age in data, rather than medieval to post-medieval, but probably still related to animal husbandry. <4>

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Text/Project Brief: Ritchie, M. 06/2011. Brief for Archaeological Evaluation: Torrachilty hut circle. Forestry Commission Scotland. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Project Design: Rees, T and Williamson, C. 06/2011. Torrachilty Hut Circle, Highland: Archaeological Investigation. Rathmell Archaeology Ltd. Digital.
  • <3> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Williamson, C., Gordon, D. & Rees, T.. 2011. Torrachilty Hut-Circle, Highland: Archaeological Investigation: Data Structure Report. Rathmell Archaeology Ltd. Digital.
  • <4> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Rees, T.. 2012. Torrachility Hut-Circle, Highland: Archaeological Investigation: Post-Excavation Report. Rathmell Archaeology Ltd. Digital.

Map

Location

Location Torrachilty
Grid reference Centred NH 4423 5882 (36m by 29m)
Map sheet NH45NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Operational Area ROSS SKYE AND LOCHABER
Civil Parish CONTIN

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Hut circle, Torrachilty Forest (Monument)

Record last edited

May 12 2014 10:17AM

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