MHG52953 - Household midden pit, 12-16 Queensgate, Inverness


A household midden pit, the upper layer of which was disturbed and redeposited. Date uncertain but possibly medieval.

Type and Period (1)

  • RUBBISH PIT (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A subcircular pit was identified during a watching brief on water pipe laying works. The pit cut through (and therefore postdates) a compacted clay surface (Feature 2) , and extended outside of the excavated trench. The upper layer of the cut and thus the fill had been disturbed. It appeared that the top half of the cut had been truncated and the fill had mixed with overlying deposits and was redeposited over the rest of the in situ deposit. The redeposited fill is dark brown gravelly silt-soil with an abundance of charcoal, as well as fragments of 19th century ceramic and glass fragments throughout it.
The bottom half of the feature was undisturbed, containing a dark brown silty soil fill with high charcoal content and numerous burnt sandstone fragments and cobbles. It also contained bone, shell, ceramic, and glass fragments. One medieval pottery fragment and possibly late medieval glass fragments were recovered, together with one white clay pipe fragment. It seems likely that upper layer truncation of the pit occurred during the 19th-20th centuries – perhaps during the construction of Queensgate.
The feature is interpreted as a household midden pit, of uncertain date but possibly medieval. <1>

The excavation assemblage from HAS 2007-09 work was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 18/12) and allocated to Inverness Museum. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference NH 66617 45416 (point) Approximate
Map sheet NH64NE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (4)

  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)
  • SHERD (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD to 1900 AD?)
  • SHERD (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)
  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Medieval to 19th Century - 1058 AD? to 1900 AD?)

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