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Trial trenching was carried out in fields at Seafield West (Stoneyfield) by the Centre for Field Archaeology in 1996 in advance of the construction of a proposed business and retail park. A total of 1940m² was excavated, which took the form of nine trenches. Trenches 1, 8 and 9 were initially positioned to intersect features recorded as cropmarks, whereas trenches 2-7 were positioned to locate potential archaeological features identified during an earlier geophysical survey carried out by GUARD in 1993 (see EHG4445). A substantial circular ditch was identified in Trench 1 which fixed the absloute position of a large circular cropmark. Additional features around it were also identified, including potential cist burials and cremation pits. A substantial ring ditch was also identified in Trench 8, again fixing the position of the cropmark feature. A substantial charcoal-rich layer was recorded within its interior which suggested protracted human occupation. A copper alloy fibula or bow brooch was recovered from the fill of the ring-ditch. No features were exposed in trenches 2-7. <1>
An additional trench, not mentioned in the text of the evaluation report <1> but shown on the plan of the evaluation area was apparently excavated along the crest of the ridge aligned approximately east-west from the west end of trench 1. It was 200m in length. This was opened to locate the presence of a suspected pit-alignment and enclosure recorded in the NMR. In the event, no archaeological features were encountered. This is reported on in a draft of a subsequent full excavation report (the features of trench 1 were subsequently subject to full excavation, referred to as Area 1 - see EHG865) intended for publication. <2> However, these details were omitted from the final published report. <3> The findings of trenches 8 and 9 and their subsequent full excavation (referred to as Area 2 - see EHG247) were published separately. <4>
The excavation assemblage from the site was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 61/02) and allocated to Inverness Museum. They are listed under Acc. No. 2012.006. A museum transfer form and box list inventories are with the museum archive files.<5> <6>
Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Cressey, M.. 1996. Archaeological Site Evaluation at Seafield West, Inverness, Highland Region. Centre for Field Archaeology, Univ of Edinburgh. 08/05/1996. Paper (Original).
Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Cressey, M.. 2002. Draft Publication Report: The Excavation of a Bronze Age Cemetery at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland. CFA Archaeology Ltd. 25/10/2002. Paper and Digital. p.2.
Text/Publication/Article: Cressey, M. & Sheridan, A.. 2003. The excavation of a Bronze Age cemetery at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Vol 133. 47-84. Digital.
Text/Publication/Monograph: Cressey, M. & Anderson, S.. 2011. A Later Prehistoric Settlement and Metalworking Site at Seafield west, near Inverness, Highland. Scottish Archaeological Internet Report. 47. Digital.
MHG3058Iron Age settlement - Stoneyfield House (Monument)
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