MHG3741 - Muirtown, shell midden


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Type and Period (1)

  • SHELL MIDDEN (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH64NE 38 652 457.

Centred on NH 652 457. The site of a shell midden lies between 9m and 11m OD under the face of a slope which appears to represent the rear of a post-glacial shoreline. The material consists of a mixture of shells, broken and intact, of oyster, whelk, cockle and mussel with a tiny admixture of bone (a large portion of antler base was recovered). In addition to this, although as the material was disturbed when visited and is not wholly certain in its association, are quite large numbers of small rounded boulders and beach pebbles covered in what appears to be soot. The shell layer is overlain by about 75cms of similar material and topsoil. A (disturbed) sample of the shell debris was collected and is stored in Inverness Museum (Record Card NH64NW 2).
Information from R B Gourlay, Inverness Museum 23 May 1979.

No trace.
Visited by OS (N K B) 5 March 1981.

Canal Road, Muirtown shell midden site A (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7498.

Canal Road, Muirtown shell midden site A (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7499.

Canal Road, Muirtown shell midden site B (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7495.

Canal Road, Muirtown shell midden site B (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7496.

Canal Road, Muirtown shell midden site B (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7497.

Canal Road, Muirtown, shell midden site B (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7494.

Canal Road, Muirtown, Shell midden, Site A (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9375.

Canal Road, Muirtown, Shell midden, Site A (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG5830.

Midden, Canal Road, Muirtown (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG5839.

Midden, Canal Road, Muirtown (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9384.

Muirtown shell midden (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7500.

Muitown Shell Midden. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12785.

Shell Midden : Site B. (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12175.

Shell Midden Site A : (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12353.

Shell Midden, Site A (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG12786.

Shell midden, site A, canal road, Muirtown (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG7493.

RCAHMS, 1979, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of North-east Inverness, Inverness District, Highland Region, 30, No. 247 (Text/Report). SHG2673.

Wordsworth, J, 1987, The excavation of a mesolithic horizon at 13-24 Castle Street, Inverness, 89 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1664.

Myers and Gourlay, A B and R B, 1992, 'Muirtown, Inverness: preliminary investigation of a shell midden', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 121 1991, p.17-25, 17-25 (Text/Publication/Article). SHG1136.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6519 4569 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH64NE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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