MHG60082 - Fieldwalking Material - Field 1, Dunnet


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

Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Undated)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Four fields were walked in March and April 2004 around the Dunnet area, as part of the Caithness Fieldwalking Project. Field 1, close to the shore on the northern side of Dunnet Bay, produced modern pottery, a single piece of medieval pottery and small amounts of flint, glass and clay pipe. The presence of modern pottery indicated that the field had been subjected to midden spreading in the recent past, also demonstrated by the presence of glass and clay pipe. The recovery of a single sherd of medieval pottery (Norse grass tempered ware) may indicate that midden spreading, and consequently cultivation, had been carried out in this part of the landscape since the 1st Millennium AD. The quantity of lithics was surprisingly low, considering the location of the field in the landscape, and was related to the low-density spread of material across the wider landscape. <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 2121 7113 (320m by 175m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27SW
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (5)

  • SHERD (Modern - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • SHERD (Norse - 800 AD to 1300 AD)
  • DEBITAGE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • SHERD (Post Medieval to 21st Century - 1560 AD? to 2100 AD?)
  • 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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