MHG54898 - Drainage ditch, Marine Terrace, Rosemarkie


A drainage ditch was identified during trial trenching, Local knowledge suggests that the site may have been a location for drainage structures during the 19th century.

Type and Period (2)

  • DRAINAGE DITCH (19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1866 AD?)
  • DRAINAGE SYSTEM (19th Century - 1801 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A poorly constructed drainage ditch was identified during trial trenching (Feature 3). The feature is believed to be contemporary with a sequence of cobbled and rubble surfaces identified in the same trench (Trench 2). The site was known locally as "The Stanks", defined in Scottish or Northern English dialect as "a pool or pond; a drain", or "to drain land by open ditches". This description suggests that the site was a location for drainage structures for the village which would also explain why it was left undeveloped after the 18th century. This would also explain the presence of two small human phalanx bones in two of the contexts (a 19th-century pit and the mid 18th-century ground surface). It is assumed these are intrusive material from the nearby graveyard. <1><2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7376 5763 (3m by 1m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH75NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

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