EHG699 - Watching Brief, Evaluation and Excavation - A830 Arisaig to Kinsadel Road Improvement



Headland Archaeology Ltd


11 April 2002


Re-alignment of a 6km section of the A830 road in Arisaig provided an opportunity to investigate the archaeology of this poorly understood area of the West Highlands. A combination of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental techniques were used to investigate the road corridor. Archaeological survey, followed up by selected excavations, identified a previously unrecorded Bronze Age kerb cairn and two areas of shieling huts. Investigation of the shielings obtained evidence for repeated reuse of sites and reconstruction of structures through the medieval and post-medieval periods. In both cases, Bronze Age deposits were also recorded at the base of the medieval sequence. Analysis of a long peat core from a basin close to one of the shielings revealed a history of continuous but gradual decline in woodland, starting in about 3200 BC and continuing to the present day. Collation of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental data frm the present project and previous investigations in the area have allowed the creation of a tentative model of landscape evolution for Arisaig. <1> The excavation assemblage was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 113/05) and allocated to Inverness Museum. <2> <3>

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Grid reference Centred NM 6676 8943 (2715m by 6183m) (3 map features)
Map sheet NM68NE
Geographical Area LOCHABER

Related Monuments/Buildings (9)

  • 19th Century Turf Building - ARISAIG, MOINTEACH MHOR (Monument)
  • Burial Cairn - Arisaig (Monument)
  • Circular Stone Structure - ARISAIG, MOINTEACH MHOR (Monument)
  • Rock Shelter - ARISAIG, MOINTEACH MHOR (Monument)
  • Ruin of 19th Century Building - ARISAIG (Monument)
  • Ruined Building - ARISAIG, AN SIDEAN (Monument)
  • Shieling Hut - ARISAIG (Monument)
  • Shieling huts - ARISAIG (Monument)
  • Township - ARISAIG (Monument)

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Jan 22 2020 3:29PM

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