An Archaeological Watching Brief was carried out by GUARD Archaeology Limited, on behalf of Raeburn Drilling, during ground investigations undertaken on the Dalraddy to Slochd section of the A9 Dualling project. A total of 86 trial pits, 7 soak-away pits and 6 borehole location spots were monitored across the project area which covered a 25 kilometre stretch alongside the existing A9 road corridor. The section stretched 4 km south-west to 13.5 km north-west of Aviemore. Apart from the northernmost 1.5 km, the site was located within Cairngorms National Park. The work was undertaken between 13 February and 18 April 2017 in a variety of weather conditions including sun, snow and rain. The Project area was sub-divided into smaller areas with sixteen of these requiring monitoring due to the presence of trial pits, soak-away pits and borehole locations which required ground levelling to provide a safe working platform. These included areas 2-4 and 6-18. During the excavation work no significant archaeological features or artefacts were encountered. However, three areas were noted to have possible unrecorded archaeological features, including area 2 which contained the remains of two stone-built features and a possible post-Medieval corn drying kiln, areas 10 which contained the remains of a drystone wall and a possible enclosure and area 18 which contained a rectangular earthwork which might be related to the nearby Military Road. None of these were impacted upon during the present work programme. <1>
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A9 Dalraddy to Slochd
Centred NH 8709 1788 (8003m by 16395m) (2 map features)
INVERNESS NAIRN BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY
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