MHG55808 - Mesolithic pit - Slackbuie Way, Inverness

Summary

An watching brief in 2010 along the proposed line of the Inverness Flood Relief scheme south of Inverness at Slackbuie produced evidence of occupation in the Mesolithic period.

Type and Period (1)

  • PIT (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC) + Sci.Date

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  • None recorded

Full Description

A watching brief in 2010 by GUARD along the proposed line of the Inverness Flood Relief scheme south of Inverness at Slackbuie following previous evaluation and excavation phases produced evidence of prehistoric occupation. The work covered a linear route from Essich Road (NH 656 414) to Culduthel Road (NH 668 414) in the west and an area of land at Slackbuie in the east.

In Area A a total of 8 features were exposed and excavated. Several of the pits contained charcoal flecks, small burnt bone fragments, hazelnut shell fragments and in one pit, fragments of prehistoric pottery. <1>

Post-excavation work, including the obtaining of radiocarbon dates and environmental sample analysis has further refined the dating of the features found in Area A of the watching brief. One of the pits, 0009, returned a radiocarbon date of 6530-6390 cal BC (late Mesolithic), calibrated to 2 sigma, from charcoal. <2>

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NH 65737 41402 (2m by 2m)
Map sheet NH64SE
Civil Parish INVERNESS AND BONA
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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