EHG4838 - Excavation - Farm Fields, Kinloch, Rhum



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The site was discovered in the summer of 1983 during ploughing by the Nature Conservancy Council. Rhum is mountainous and barren. The excavated site at Farm Fields is situated in one of the larger pockets of fertile land, that at the head of Loch Scresort on the E coast. Farm Fields revealed extensive evidence of mesolithic occupation with pits, postholes and a lithic assemblage including over 200 microliths. A range of radiocarbon dates, beginning early in the seventh millennium BC, indicates that hunter-gatherer activity may have continued intermittently on the site for around four thousand years. <1> Subsequently published as 'Rhum: Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch, Excavations 1984-86' (1990). <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Text/Publication/Article: Wickham-Jones, C. and Pollock, D.. 1985. Excavations at Farm Fields, Kinloch, Rhum, 1984-85: a preliminary report. Glasgow Archaeological Journal Vol 12. 19-29. Digital (scanned as PDF).
  • <2> Text/Publication/Monograph: Wickham-Jones, C.R. et al. 1990. Rhum: Mesolithic and later sites at Kinloch, Excavations 1984-86. Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Monograph Series. 7. Digital.



Location Kinloch, Rhum
Grid reference Centred NM 4039 9986 (96m by 64m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NM49NW
Civil Parish SMALL ISLES
Geographical Area LOCHABER

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Mesolithic Occupation Site - Kinloch Farm, Rhum (Monument)

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Nov 16 2022 3:52PM

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