An archaeological evaluation was carried out by AOC Archaeology Group in 2021 as part of the first phase of archaeological works in advance of re-development at Inverness Castle, Inverness. A series of medieval castles and later forts preceded the current buildings that today form Inverness Castle. Originally built in the mid- 19th century as a prison and County buildings, the imposing red sandstone occupies a prominent position overlooking the city of Inverness. The evaluation was carried out between 1st – 8th February 2021 on the northern side of the castle terrace. A trench measuring 18m by 5m was excavated, revealing walls that comprised the 19th century prison exercise yards and some sparse evidence for older underlying deposits. The deepest deposits encountered on the site were uncovered with the excavation of wall trial pits (see EHG5739). A moderate assemblage of 19th century or later artefact material comprising ceramics, glass, ferrous and other metal objects, slate and other building material, was recovered. Additional watching brief is required for further development works on the Castle site, along with further survey work to document the interior of the buildings prior to renovation works. A small programme of post-excavation work on the current assemblage has been recommended. <1>
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INVERNESS NAIRN BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY
INVERNESS AND BONA
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