MHG17994 - Bloomery, Allt A' Bhealaich Mhoir


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Type and Period (1)

  • IRON WORKING SITE (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD) + Sci.Date

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A sample was taken from a low mound of [iron] slag 4m to 5m in diameter. The mound lies in an area of grassland amidst the surrounding heather. This contains the remains of an enclosure wall and at least three rectangular structures. A C14 date of 470+/-50BP (GU-3464) was obtained from birch and alder charcoal.
Sponsor: SNH (NW Region)
J Wordsworth 1993a. <1>

Centred at this point at about 250m OD, are the remains of a small iron working site. As surviving, the iron slag is exposed in mole heaps on top of a low mound 4-5m in diameter. The site was originally revealed by ploughing for the adjoining forest. No trace of slag or other occupation material could be seen in the forest. The site lies in an area of grassland amid the more predominant heather pointing to an enriched piece of ground. The western boundary is not likely to have extended far beyond the line of the modern Garbat Forest plantation fence as the ground rises steeply to the west. The remains of two structures 5m by 2m as well as another 3m by 1 m lie within this grassland.
Slag sample was radiocarbon dated to 1413-1449 cal AD (1 sigma). <2>

Slag samples were deposited with Inverness Museum. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 4200 6714 (40m by 40m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH46NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish FODDERTY

Finds (1)

  • SLAG (Medieval - 1058 AD to 1559 AD) + Sci.Date

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