MHG61976 - Bronze Age pits - Ness Gap, Fortrose


Two Bronze Age pits discovered during a watching brief.

Type and Period (1)

  • PIT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two pits were discovered during a watching brief of topsoil stripping by Headland Archaeology in October 2014. A medium-sized pit near the southern edge of the site contained substantial pottery fragments and lithics, dated typologically to the Bronze Age. The second pit was immediately to the west, did not contain any prehistoric artefacts. <1>

A final report was published in 2020. This included post-excavation and radiocarbon dating results. The pottery recovered from the first pit included two Beaker vessels that can be termed ‘domestic’. Lithics included flint chips, a bipolar core and a thumbnail scraper. A radiocarbon date of 2290–2050 cal BC (95.4% probability; SUERC 64615) was obtained from charcoal collected from within the fill of the pit. The report is available online. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)



Grid reference Centred NH 7333 5641 (3m by 2m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH75NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY

Finds (3)

  • BEAKER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • THUMB NAIL SCRAPER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • CORE (Mesolithic to Late Bronze Age - 8000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Investigations/Events (1)

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