MHG59972 - Fieldwalking Material - Field 2, Castletown


Various finds were recovered from fieldwalking during the Caithness Fieldwalking Project.

Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Fourteen fields were walked in March and April 2004, primarily to the SE of Castletown, along the B876, as part of the Caithness Fieldwalking Project. At the southern end of field 2 were the remains of a possible medieval house and a Broch was located around 0.5km to the east in an adjacent field. Finds collected comprised a sherd of medieval pot (possibly relating to the house), flint debitage and a barbed and tanged arrowhead. This was a finely finished piece, manufactured on toffee coloured flint and complete. Also recovered was a polished stone axehead. This was around 70mm in length and had been manufactured on a soft stone, possibly sandstone with a band of possible mudstone along one edge. The axe was slightly damaged on one corner of the cutting edge, which was a post depositional break and not related to the use of the tool. The remainder of the cutting edge was complete and it is unlikely that this ever functioned as a utilitarian tool. <1>

GIS data created 2019 based on OS Master Map and description from the 2004 interim report. <2>

The fieldwalking assemblage from the Caithness Fieldwalking Project was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 64-69/08) and allocated to Dunbeath Heritage Centre. This included at least the stone axehead and barbed and tanged arrowhead from this site. <3> <4>

Further analysis of the finds from the Caithness Field Walking Project is expected in a forthcoming monograph on work in the Yarrows basin.

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Grid reference Centred ND 2058 6768 (437m by 455m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (5)

  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)
  • DEBITAGE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • SHERD (Medieval - 1058 AD? to 1559 AD?)

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Related Investigations/Events (1)

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