EHG5384 - Evaluation - Greenside Farm, Rosemarkie



AOC Archaeology Group


Jan 2018


An archaeological evaluation was carried out by AOC Archaeology Grpup in 2018 on land northwest of Greenside Farmhouse, Courthill Road, Rosemarkie in relation to the construction of 50 dwellings and associated works. The evaluation was required as part of a planning requirement as the site is situated within an area of known archaeology. Fourteen trenches were excavated across the site, limited by the depth of deep soil layers extending up to 1.5-1.6m deep across two-thirds of the site. Significant prehistoric archaeology was present on the site. Two features contained prehistoric pottery, some of which potentially dates to the Neolithic period and coarse stone tools and pieces of a possible crucible, objects used for melting metal for smithing, were also recovered from one prehistoric pit. A collection of medieval pottery fragments was recovered from a deep soil layer below the upper ploughsoil, indicating that medieval archaeology could also be present on the site. Linear ditches and the fragmentary remains of a possible stone wall were also uncovered, including a substantial slab-built culvert, which correlates to a description in the Old Statistical Account (OSA, 1794) of works undertaken by the local minister to drain a pond. An archaeological watching brief was recommended during all site clearance. <1> See EHG5899 for the subsequent watching brief and excavation.

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Location Greenside Farm, Rosemarkie
Grid reference Centred NH 7337 5740 (185m by 245m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH75NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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Jan 30 2024 10:13AM

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