MHG53530 - Neolithic features and possible structure (Phase 1), Bellfield Farm, North Kessock


A possible sub-circular structure and a group of pits which have been provisionally assigned to the Neolithic period on the basis of flint and pottery recovered from some of the features.

Type and Period (6)

  • POST BUILT STRUCTURE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • PIT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • PIT CLUSTER (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • COOKING PIT? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • POST HOLE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • SHELL MIDDEN (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Excavations in 2009 identified a possible structure with associated pits, all of which are provisionally dated to the later Neolithic period. The possible structure is curvilinear in plan but it is possible that this originally formed the curved end of a rectangular structure such as that found at Kinbeachie on the Black Isle. The cluster of pits to the north of the possible structure indicated the use of wild food resources such as seafood and nuts, which were probably roasted on site. The pottery sherds, which consist of two sherds of possible Impressed Ware from two separate features, together with a flint scale-flake knife, indicate a later Neolithic date. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)



Grid reference Centred NH 64350 48550 (18m by 33m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH64NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KNOCKBAIN

Finds (5)

  • SHERD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • KNIFE (Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 1501 BC)
  • PLANT MACRO REMAINS (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • MARINE MOLLUSCA REMAINS (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • SADDLE QUERN (Prehistoric - 500000 BC to 560 AD)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (2)

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