EHG4828 - Metal Detecting Survey - A96 Dualling near Auldearn



AOC Archaeology Group


Feb-Mar 2016


An archaeological metal detecting survey undertaken by AOC Archaeology Group on three land parcels at the village of Auldearn, Highland, as part of the cultural heritage assessment work associated with the proposed dualling of the A96, including the Nairn bypass. The land parcels totalled 74.4 hectares and were situated at NH 90582 55682, NH 91147 55762 & NH 91127 56037 (centered), respectively. The survey was undertaken in order to assess the possible impact of the proposed works on the site of the Battle of Auldearn (1645). The metal detecting survey recovered 96 metal artefacts. The metal finds included two impacted lead musket balls, lead scrap, a silver plated charm, copper buckles, buttons, a 19th century Temperance Society badge and 17th century, Victorian and Late Georgian coinage. A copper ratchet mechanism, probably from a crossbow, was also recovered. Numerous pieces of modern agricultural machinery and detritus were also detected. All of the fields were heavily contaminated with modern material: drinks cans and other debris. These were heavily concentrated around the perimeters especially those bordering the A96 and the minor roads. Although the two impacted musket balls and lead scrap may be associated with fighting occurring during the battle of Auldearn (1645), the results of the survey are not considered to represent definitive evidence for the battle. <1>

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  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: AOC Archaeology Group. 2016. Metal Detecting Survey Report - A96 Dualling: Inverness to Nairn (Including Nairn Bypass). AOC Archaeology Group. Digital.



Location A96
Grid reference Centred NH 9105 5578 (1438m by 956m)
Map sheet NH95NW
Civil Parish AULDEARN
Geographical Area NAIRN

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Mar 26 2018 4:27PM

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