MHG53533 - Iron Age midden deposit (Phase 4), Bellfield Farm, North Kessock


A large spread of midden material containing slag, animal bone, shell and burnt daub.

Type and Period (2)

  • MIDDEN (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)
  • SHELL MIDDEN? (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A large spread of midden material was discovered during excavations in 2008-9. The deposit measured c.30m east to west by c.12m and was up to 0.4m in depth. It comprised dark grey sandy silt with frequent burnt and heat-shattered sandstone and cobbles. A 1m wide slot was hand excavated through the material and slag, animal bone, shell and burnt daub with wattle impressions was recovered. An isolated pit was found on the western edge. There was a clear edge to the midden spread on the northern and southern sides, suggesting that the area may have been demarcated by a fence or other barrier. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 64395 48532 (24m by 25m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH64NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish KNOCKBAIN

Finds (1)

  • ANIMAL REMAINS (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Investigations/Events (2)

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