EHG5232 - Archaeological Test Pitting and Open Area Excavation - Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project

Technique(s)

Organisation

West Coast Archaeological Services

Date

2014

Description

Following on from work in 2013, excavation was continued at Reeds Park, Cromarty, in 2014, as part of the Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project. The overall aim of the excavations for 2014 was twofold; to extend the excavation area to investigate further archaeological features and deposits that had been exposed and revealed during the pilot project in 2013, and to carry out trial trench excavations to ground-truth anomalies in the field located during the geophysical survey in 2013. This work produced evidence for a more detailed picture of the layout and phasing of the buildings along each side of Thief’s Row. This included the remains of three buildings shown on the 1880 Ordnance Survey map sheet on the north side of Thief’s Row, below which were identified the remains of at least one earlier structure dating to the 18th century. At the edge of the 2014 excavation area on the north side of the road, three medieval structures with their associated vennels and boundary walls were uncovered. The deposits associated with these structures produced ceramics of 13th to 15th century date. Along the south side of Thief’s Row, excavations uncovered extensive structures and deposits of medieval date (13th to 14th centuries) including the partially robbed-out walls of stone buildings and more ephemeral remains of wattle and daub structures, along with vennels, yards and boundary gullies. These areas of settlement and activities appear to have been abandoned relatively early in the history of the burgh. The excavations within the Reeds Park field continued to produce some spectacular results with regards to the settlement and economy of a small Scottish Burgh. <1>

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Birch, S. & Peteranna, M.. 2015. Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project 2014: Archaeological Test Pitting and Open Area Excavation: Reeds Park, Cromarty, Ross-shire: Data Structure Report on the 2104 Fieldwork. West Coast Archaeological Services. Digital.
  • <2>XY Image/Photograph(s)/Aerial Photograph/Vertical: Get Mapping. 2014. Getmapping aerial photography 2014. [Mapped features: #9989 ; #9990 Extent of three trial trenches and main excavation area, ]

Map

Location

Location Reeds Park, Near Clunes House, Cromarty
Grid reference Centred NH 7942 6724 (112m by 72m)
Map sheet NH76NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Operational Area ROSS SKYE AND LOCHABER
Civil Parish CROMARTY

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Medieval and Post- Medieval Settlement - Cromarty (Monument)

Record last edited

Jul 30 2021 4:19PM

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