MHG60076 - Fieldwalking Material - Field 10, 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. Field 10 produced a single piece of modern pot, a number of flint pieces and a small amount of stone, clay pipe and shell. The presence of modern pottery, albeit a single piece, together with the occurrence of clay pipe indicated that this area had also been subjected to midden spreading. The recovery of small natural pebbles and shells probably related to the liming of the field using shell sand- the pebbles collected could be distinguished from those brought to the area for knapping as they were too small to function as viable nodules for the production of cores. The spread of lithic material was, again, confined to the northen end of the field with a low ridge running east-west across the field evidently providing the main focus for the lithic activities. This has also been identified elsewhere in the
county, particularly at Stemster where the lithics were concentrated along a low ridge above a drained lochan. <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. <3>

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

Sources/Archives (3)



Grid reference Centred ND 2069 6645 (580m by 255m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (2)

  • DEBITAGE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval to 20th Century - 1560 AD to 2000 AD)

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Related Investigations/Events (1)

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