A geophysical survey to assess the archaeological potential of the area of the proposed Allanfearn sewage treatment farm was carried out by GUARD in 1993. The need for an archaeological assessment of the area was occasioned by the presence of three barrows visible on aerial photographs held in the National Monuments Record for Scotland. The Allanfearn examples have been protected by scheduling within an area covering 3000 m2 in a rectangle of 50 metres by 60 metres. Scheduled Monument Consent was obtained to survey this area. The intention of the survey was thus threefold: 1) to survey the scheduled area in field 1 to assess the extent of archaeological material; 2) to survey a proportion of the rest of field 1 in order to assess the impact of the proposed development on the archaeology; 3) to survey the parts of fields 2 and 3 which immediately adjoin field 1 on either side. A number of geophysical anomalies were detected and recommendations were made as to potential investigation ahead of development.
A second phase of survey was carried out in May further to the southwest, see EHG4445 for details.
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