EHG4165 - Excavation - Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall

Technique(s)

Organisation

OJT Heritage

Date

Sept 2012

Description

An archaeological excavation was undertaken by OJT Heritage archaeologists and local volunteers as a part of the Dingwall THING project in 2012 at the Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall. A 20m x 2m trench was opened across the northwest side of the car park through the mechanical removal of surface tarmac and underlying aggregate. The trench was positioned to avoid areas of modern services and suspected post-medieval ground disturbance. Five phases were identified: C10th-C11th (the Thing), Medieval (Moothill), Post-Medieval (the mausoleum) and C20th (the car park). Excavations confirmed the presence of important archaeological remains and indicated that the mound was man-made and probably created during the C11th AD. Although no artefacts were recovered to suggest a Viking Age date, the radiocarbon dates provided strong scientific evidence to support the interpretation that the mound was created during the period of the late Norwegian political influence in Ross-shire and the wider northeast of Scotland. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: O'Grady, O J T. 2012. Cromartie Memorial Car Park: Dingwall, Highland: Archaeological Excavation 2012 DSR (Dingwall Thing Project). OJT Heritage. Digital.

Map

Location

Location Cromartie Memorial Car Park, Dingwall
Grid reference Centred NH 5496 5893 (15m by 17m)
Map sheet NH55NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Operational Area CAITHNESS SUTHERLAND AND EASTER ROSS
Civil Parish DINGWALL

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Record last edited

Oct 3 2014 12:18PM

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