MHG60077 - Fieldwalking Material - Field 11, 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 11 produced a large amount of modern pottery and flint, and small amounts of glass, clay pipe and metalwork. This field had evidently been included in the system
of midden spreading identified in the neighbouring areas, with the glass, pipes and metalwork incorporated into the soil through this method as well as the modern pottery.
The quantity of lithics in this field was notably higher than elsewhere in the Castletown area (with the exception of fields 13 and 14). The flint was concentrated along a low ridge running east-west across the field, a continuation of the ridge in field 10. It was undoubtedly the proximity of this raised ground to the wetland area and lochan that caused it to become a focus of activity involving flint knapping. The material has yet to be fully analysed, but appeared to be predominantly debitage with the exception of a small lozenge-shaped arrowhead. <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 leaf-shaped 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 2091 6623 (324m by 332m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (6)

  • SHERD (Modern - 1901 AD? to 2100 AD?)
  • DEBITAGE (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • SHERD (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • CLAY PIPE (SMOKING) (Post Medieval to 20th Century - 1560 AD to 2000 AD)
  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Modern - 1901 AD? to 2100 AD?)
  • LEAF ARROWHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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Related Investigations/Events (1)

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