MHG35890 - Rockshelter and Midden - Toscaig 6


A rockshelter, midden and wall, possibly a shieling, were investigated during the Scotland's First Settlers Project.

Type and Period (4)

  • ROCK SHELTER (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • MIDDEN? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • WALL (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • SHIELING? (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Created automatically by NMRS Register Utility
User: Admin, Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
NG73NW 9 7095 3925, 7044 3975 and 7009 3896
The following sites were recorded between January and September 1999 as part of the Scotland's First Settlers Project. A full report has been lodged with the NMRS.
NG 7095 3925 Toscaig 6 Rock shelter. + (this record)
NG 7044 3975 Toscaig 7 Rock shelter. (MHG58717)
NG 7009 3896 Toscaig 9 Rock shelter. + (MHG58718)
Note: + = containing visible midden
B Finlayson, K Hardy and C Wickham-Jones 1999

A rockshelter and midden were investigated during the Scotland's First Settlers Project in 1999. The site comprised a midden within a rockshelter with a large build up of roof fall. It contained a low wall
(1.95m long, 0.35m high, aligned east—west), of at least four courses, constructed from roof fall
material. Vestigial traces of another wall running at right-angles and comprising one course of stone were also visible. Two test pits were excavated. A very small amount of unstratified shell was recovered but there were no finds. he wall appears to represent the remains of a small shieling structure enclosing the midden material. A limiting factor in establishing the true depth of the midden was the amount of rockfall. No dating material was recovered but in all probability the shieling structure is of recent historical age and the lack of finds suggests that the midden may be of similar date. <1>

See link below to the published Scottish Archaeological Internet Report 31 for further details.

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Grid reference Centred NG 7095 3925 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG73NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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