February 2009: A minor excavation was carried out at Urquhart Castle on the site of a proposed set of steps to replace the existing wooden stairs leading up to the upper level of the motte (NH 5302 2856). This was intended to ascertain the depth of bedrock prior to the design of the new steps, and to check for any significant archaeological deposits.
There were no significant archaeological deposits or finds encountered and bedrock was found in all but one trench, in which the concrete base of the existing steps was seen. It appears that this area has been disturbed at some point, most likely during previous archaeological excavations and during the installation of the wooden steps and paths. <1>
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