MHG4363 - Roundhouse - Allanfearn


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Type and Period (1)

  • ROUND HOUSE (DOMESTIC) (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)

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A geophysical survey was carried out by GUARD in 1993 in advance of a proposed new sewage treatment plant at Allanfearn to the northeast of Inverness. Part of the survey area included a group of scheduled barrows known only as cropmarks. In the south end of field 1, and south of the Scheduled area, a patch of high readings (marked as 'A') was recorded. However, in this area the readings were being affected by overhead electricity cables. <1>

An excavation by GUARD in 1995-6 prior to the construction of a new sewage treatment works at Allanfearn to the northeast of Inverness revealed a series of enigmatic deposits. In trench A (sited over the patch of high readings at 'A' noted in the previous geophysical survey) the partial remains of a roundhouse structure were excavated. The house had a central ring of post-holes forming the main structural element. There was a large and well-defined east-facing entrance but little evidence for an outer wall. A fire pit or hearth was located to the rear of the building and a line of stake-holes suggested an internal partition. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7127 4743 (30m by 30m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH74NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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