MHG46065 - Raised Beach - Fernaig


A raised beach was investigated during the Scotland's First Settlers Project.

Type and Period (1)

  • LITHIC SCATTER (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NMRS Report: (27/03/2003)
NG83SW 78 8440 3390
Recorded between May and September 2002 as part of the Scotland's First Settlers Project and the Sea Loch Survey.
NG 8440 3390 Fernaig Raised beach, shovel pitted: lithics recovered
Sponsors: HS, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, British Academy
K Hardy and C R Wickham-Jones 2002

A raised beach was investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project in 2002. The site was a well developed terrace (9 metres OD) lying in a sheltered position on the north side of the mouth of the River Ascaig. The terrace ay on a north-west to south-east alignment and had been cut through at its seaward end (north-west) by the Inverness – Kyle of Lochalsh railway line. The north west part of the terrace was examined during the coastal survey, while under plough. It produced a negative result.
A single transect of 31 shovel pits, at 10 metre intervals, was laid along the crest of the terrace using the steading buildings at the south-east end as an anchor point. This terrace had been heavily and continuously ploughed for many years producing a plough-soil which was from 190mm to 300mm deep. Pebbles, derived from the underlying beach deposits, were present throughout the plough-soil. One lithic was collected from shovel pit 6, but it may be natural. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NG 8439 3390 (20m by 20m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG83SW
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish LOCHALSH

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