EHG4142 - Excavation - Coldstream Cottage, Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan (2010 season)



Ardnamurchan Transitions Project


Aug-Sep 2010


In a second season of work, two excavation trenches were opened up between August and September 2010 by the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project at Coldstream Cottage, Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan. The post medieval site, believed to be C19 in origin, revealed a complex set of stone remains of a possible earlier date. Further excavation work was planned for 2011 to further investigate the site. <1> Trench 1, first opened in 2009, was reopened within the interior of the south-east room of the structure in order to expose in situ occupational/constructional layers. The work in this trench suggested that the construction and initial use of the site was pre-clearance. Trench 2 was opened in the north-west room to discover overall phasing of the structure, to look for differences in room use and to see if there had been a cut into the slope to construct this feature. Evidence from this trench suggested that there was possible different use and construction between this area and that in trench 1. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Text/Publication/Serial: Millburn, P (ed). 2010. Discovery and Excavation in Scotland - New Series, Volume 11, 2010. Paper (Original).
  • <2> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Cassella, E., Gray H., & Tuffin, R.. 2010. Coldstream Cottage: Season Two, 2010: Archaeological Excavations: DSR. Ardnamurchan Transitions Project. Digital.



Location Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan
Grid reference Centred NM 5425 7050 (63m by 68m)
Map sheet NM57SW
Geographical Area LOCHABER

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Township - Swordle Bay, Ardnamurchan (Monument)

Record last edited

Jun 5 2014 11:11AM

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