EHG4156 - Geophysical survey - Foulis Estate, Kiltearn



University of Glasgow


May 2012


Geophysical surveys, involving gradiometry (magnetometry), were undertaken by the University of Glasgow and members of ARCH in May 2012 as part of a community excavation training programme on the mound and possible trackway at Foulis Estate, Kiltearn. The results of the geophysical survey over the mound supported the idea that it was purposefully shaped. Although no structural evidence was identified on the summit, a potential concentration of burning was recorded. The results of a more extensive geophysical survey of a field adjacent to the mound traced the line of the old coach road. This survey also revealed the traces of a prehistoric landscape, with evidence of a post-defined structure, two possible ring-ditch houses and an area of strong magnetic variability. <1> The results of the surveys were used in the subsequent excavation report. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Poller, T. 2012. Foulis Geophysical Survey May 2012: Geophysical data and Interpretation Report. University of Glasgow. Digital.
  • <2> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Brown, L, McKeggie, L and McKeggie, L. 2012. Foulis Estate: Excavation of Foulis Mound and a possible routeway: Data structure report 2012. Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH). Digital.



Location Foulis Estate, Kiltearn
Grid reference Centred NH 5886 6385 (133m by 244m)
Map sheet NH56SE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KILTEARN

Related Monuments/Buildings (3)

  • Later Prehistoric Settlement - S of Foulis Castle (Monument)
  • Possible early roadway, Tarradale to Tain (Monument)
  • Possible motte, Foulis Castle (Monument)

Record last edited

May 2 2020 12:33PM

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