MHG42933 - Industrial areas, Portmahomack


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  • GLASS WORKS (Undated)

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Excavations of the precinct around Tarbat revealed remains of specialist industrial working area to SW of the church - believed to be making gold items, possible glass artefacts (mock jewels for mounts), vellum making. Iron scale was found over large extents of the excavated area and one building located between the two southern enclosure ditches ws particularly associated with this. All features pre-date probable destruction of the site in the C10? <1>

A large area to the south of Tarbat Ness Road has been assessed by Historic Scotland as of national importance and worthy of scheduling. This comprises the buried remains of a large early historic, Pictish monastic settlement, in use from the 6th to 8th centuries AD and later re-occupied. <2>

A large area to the SSW of Tarbat West Church has now been Scheduled by Historic Scotland. Archaeological excavations demonstrate that the foundations of buildings survive within the settlement and aerial photographs show the cropmark of a D-shaped boundary ditch surrounding the settlement and enclsoing the present Tarbat West Church. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 9143 8395 (80m by 80m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH98SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TARBAT

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