MHG3772 - Palisaded enclosure and Settlement - Balloan
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Type and Period (1)
- PALISADED ENCLOSURE (Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 1250 BC? to 560 AD?)
- None recorded
NH64SE 42 6735 4271.
NH 673 427. The crop-mark of a circular enclosure has been recorded 300m SE of Balloan farmhouse; it measures about 25 m in diameter within a narrow ditch.
RCAHMS 1979; Visible on RCAHMS air photographs IN 3116-8: flown 1977.
Trial trenching established the location of this palisaded enclosure. It was shown to be oval, with a diameter of 28m to 30m. Further trenches revealed occupation traces to the N and E covering an area of approximately 60 metres square. These deposits were not excavated, but were seen to include areas of paving, probable post-pits, stone-lined slots, and a small sub-rectangular structure, 3m long by 2m wide. The remains of a shale bracelet, diameter 100mm, were found in its foundation trench. A rim sherd, of possible Bronze Age date, found elsewhere on the site, was the only other significant find. Radiocarbon dates are anticipated. <1>
Full published report of the trial trenching including radiocarbon dates. <2>
The excavation assemblage from the site was allocated to Inverness Museum, listed under Acc. No. 2004.012. A box list inventory is kept within the museum archive files. <3>
- --- Text/Report: 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. . 21, No. 151.
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Wordsworth, J.. 1991. Balloan Park, Inverness, Highland Region: The Archaeological assessment of the ring ditch enclosure and associated features. Historic Scotland. 30/06/1991. Paper and Digital. 41.
- <2> Text/Publication/Article: Wordsworth, J.. 1999. A later prehistoric settlement at Balloan Park, Inverness. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol.129 239-49. Digital.
- <3> Collection: Inverness Museum. 2019. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery Archive Files. 2004.012.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 6734 4271 (90m by 90m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Civil Parish||INVERNESS AND BONA|
- SHERD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
- BRACELET (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Investigations/Events (1)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/13525 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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