MHG58705 - Rockshelters and Midden - Coire Sgamhadil 3-6
A series of conjoined rock shelter containing areas of midden. There is evidence of some small scale craft metalworking taking place at the site.
Type and Period (2)
- ROCK SHELTER (Mesolithic to 19th Century - 8000 BC? to 1900 AD)
- SHELL MIDDEN (Mesolithic to 19th Century - 8000 BC? to 1900 AD)
- None recorded
A series of prominent conjoined rockshelters containing several areas of shell midden were investigated by the Scotalnd's First Settler's Project in 2000. These sites have a bright southerly aspect and overlook a shingle beach. Three test pits were excavated: Test Pits 1 and 2 were located inside two different rockshelters and Test Pit 3 was located on the terrace in front of the rockshelters.
There were eight lithic finds, all of chalcedonic silica. Three were regular flakes and the rest was debitage. A sub-rectangular object with uneven surfaces, presumably an accidentally-fired piece of clay, was recovered from Test Pit 2. There were several pieces of copper-alloy including a pin tip (probably from a medieval or post-medieval buckle or brooch pin), a stud and a broken lace end, all from Test Pit 2. Zinc levels of the stud indicate a post-Iron Age date. There are also two pieces of iron from the same test pit: a small iron collar; and a heavily concreted and highly fragmented object which appears to comprise fragments of a small knife. Bone and shell material was also present.
Most of the material is undiagnostic though probably post-medieval. Some craft activity may have taken place on site, perhaps non-ferrous sheet metalworking, though the stud might suggest production or repair of ornamental leatherwork. The quantity of material implies a small-scale activity, and repair work rather than production. <1>
- <1> Text/Publication/Monograph: Hardy, K and Wickham-Jones, C (eds). 2007. Mesolithic and later sites around the Inner Sound, Scotland: the work of the Scotland's First Settlers project 1998-2004, Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 31. Scottish Archaeological Internet Report. 31. Digital. Section 2.2.26, SFS 90. XY
|Grid reference||Centred NG 7880 3820 (60m by 60m)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
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External Links (1)
- http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-310-1/dissemination/pdf/sair31.pdf (Link to published Scottish Archaeological Internet report 31)
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