EHG5204 - Excavation - Alness Academy

Technique(s)

Organisation

AOC Archaeology Group

Date

Nov 2017

Description

An archaeological excavation carried out at Alness Academy in advance of the construction of a new school building and 3G sports pitch with associated infrastructure and landscaping. The excavation was carried out after the archaeological evaluation in September/October 2017 highlighted an area of prehistoric pits. The excavation was carried out from 20th to 28th November 2017. Between the evaluation and excavation phases, 143 archaeological features were identified, all of which were pits. Many features across the site appear to have been significantly truncated. The pit features were found scattered across the site and, while there was an attempt made to interpret alignments of groups, there was no definitive evidence for structural remains. The majority of the pits consisted of small bowl-shaped or U-shaped pits, some of which were interpreted as postholes, but many whose functions were unclear. Several larger pits included three probable fire-pits / hearths, two of which contained prehistoric material, and an elongated keyholeshaped pit filled with fire-cracked stone. The features on the site are likely to represent multiple phases of prehistoric occupation on the basis of their varied condition and distribution. Post-excavation analysis of the recovered material is recommended in order to retrieve further information for dating and to assist with interpretation. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Lindsey Stirling. 2017. Excavation - Alness Academy. AOC Archaeology Group. Digital.

Map

Location

Location Alness Academy
Grid reference Centred NH 6573 6939 (51m by 39m)
Map sheet NH66NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Operational Area CAITHNESS SUTHERLAND AND EASTER ROSS
Civil Parish ALNESS

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Alness, Alness Academy (Monument)

Record last edited

Jun 19 2019 10:59AM

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