MHG37292 - Cave and Midden - Camusteel 3


A cave and midden investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project. It is unlikely to be early date or extensive occupation.

Type and Period (1)

  • ROCK SHELTER (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

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User: Admin, Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
NG74SW 42 7041 4264
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 7041 4264 Camusteel 3 Rockshelter. + *
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

A small rockshelter was investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project in 2000. It was situated in the base of an old sea cliff where it provided some protection from the elements in pite of an open westerly aspect. Two ruinous walls and a patchy surface shell midden were present. One test pit was excavated, which measured 1m×0.5m, was aligned north-east—south-west and was set across one of the ruinous walls inside the shelter. Fragments of cancellous bone, possibly cetacean, suggested anthropogenic activity. Limpet, periwinkle and mussel was also found.
The visible wall proved to be insubstantial and without obvious foundations. This was clearly a boulder wall for shelter, possibly in conjunction with a protective screen, rather than a substantial, load bearing wall. The lack of artefacts suggests transient activity. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7040 4264 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG74SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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