MHG37285 - Midden - Fraser's Croft, Toscaig


A shell midden investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project, of likely recent date.

Type and Period (1)

  • MIDDEN (Post Medieval to 20th Century - 1560 AD? to 2000 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Created automatically by NMRS Register Utility
User: Admin, Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
NG73NW 3.03 7126 3863
The following sites were recorded between October 1999 and May 2000 as part of the Scotland's First Settlers Project (See DES 2000, 44):
NG 7126 3863 Frasers croft, Toscaig Open midden. *
Notes: + = containing visible midden.
* = test-pitted sites.
> = sites considered inappropriate for test pitting.
A full report has been lodged with the NMRS.
K Hardy and C Wickham-Jones 2000

This open air midden was investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project in 2000. A patch of broken shells was exposed by chickens scratching on the east side of a low and probably plough damaged cairn which lay on an old raised beach. One test pit was excavated. Two pieces of glazed pottery, including a handle, were found, in addition to a sheep tooth and assemblage of shell. Daisies on the surface seemed to be a good indication of alkaline soils below and, if they represented the extent of the site, it measured
8m×7m. It seemed likely that this is a recent shell deposit, possibly a midden or the result of shell dumping prior to liming the fields. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7125 3863 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NG73NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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