MHG60080 - Fieldwalking Material - Field 14, Castletown


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

Type and Period (2)

  • FINDSPOT (Undated)
  • LITHIC SCATTER? (Mesolithic - 8000 BC? to 4001 BC?)

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 14 produced material including modern pottery, flint and glass. The relative lack of 'modern' material appeared to relate to the agricultural activities in this part of the landscape, with midden spreading evidently not occurring to the same extent as elsewhere. The distribution of lithics related to the general low density spread of material across the wider landscape, although a cluster was noted on a slight rise close to one of the shallow depressions that characterise the northern end ofthe field (recorded as ND 21375 66213). It was around 13m in diameter and comprised predominantly blade debitage, although it has yet to be fully analysed. It is possible that it this relates to Mesolithic activity in the landscape. <1>

The grid references given for fields 13 and 14 in the 2004 report appear to be the wrong way around. GW 09/04/2019

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 2143 6619 (380m by 408m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND26NW
Civil Parish OLRIG
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (2)

  • DEBITAGE (Mesolithic - 8000 BC? to 4001 BC?)
  • DEBITAGE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (1)

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