EHG4891 - Excavation - Cnoc Tigh Dun




University of Aberdeen


April/July 2014


The site comprises two main elements: - the denuded remains of a thick walled dry-stone roundhouse overlain by an irregular shaped enclosure. An as earthwork the roundhouse survives as a sub-circular grassy bank with a c. 17m in internal diameter, c. 5.5m wide and 0.8m in height. No entrance was visible and its interior is obscured by an irregular dry-stone enclosure, c. 14m by 12m. The wall of this later enclosure is 0.5m wide and 0.2m high with a possible entrance located to the north-east. Following preliminary archaeological surveys, two trenches were proposed, one which would target the roundhouse and the later enclosure and a second over the earthen bank on the east side of the knoll. Each trench was hand excavated down to the latest occupation horizon, cleaned and planned. The later enclosure was partially removed and deposits identified within the interior of the roundhouse were investigated. <1>

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Location Cnoc Tigh, Portmahomack
Grid reference Centred NH 9026 8326 (29m by 17m)
Map sheet NH98SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TARBAT

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