MHG7676 - Applecross - 'Earth House' (unlocated)

Summary

No summary available.

Type and Period (1)

  • SOUTERRAIN? (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

RCAHMS records:
NG74SW 6 unlocated.

An earth-house "of considerable length, 4' wide and 4' deep" existed in 1792 near a "dun" - Broch: NG74SW 2 - in the district of Applecross, part of the parish of Applecross.
OSA (Rev J MacQueen) 1792.

Not located. Visited by OS (R D) 28 April 1965.

No further information. Visited by OS (A A) 29 May 1974.

On a site visit to the broch at Applecross by John Wood 13/10/00, the son of the caravan site owner there indicated a place below the broch site which was 'hollow'. He was unaware of the record of a souterrain. <1>

Excavations at the broch between 2005 and 2008 encountered a possible souterrain which probably relates to the pre-broch phase and may correspond with this site. <2>

An evaluation report produced by Wessex Archaeology following the 2005 Time Team excavations places this possible souterrain c.150m north-west of the broch. It is said to exist as a hollow with its western boundary formed by a ruinous and wooded field wall. <3>

It is possible that McQueen's reference is actually to a feature investigated in Trench 9 in excavations in 2009. This alignment of 6 recumbent slabs, which possibly extended outside the limits of excavation, appeared to be another sub-broch passage or drain. <4>


© Pete Diamond, Dartmouth (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG6867.


© Pete Diamond, Dartmouth (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG6868.


© Pete Diamond, Dartmouth (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG6869.


Sir John Sinclair (ed.), 1791-9, The statistical account of Scotland, drawn up from the communications of the ministers of the different parishes, Vol. 3, 378-9 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2606.


<1> Wood, J, Comments by John Wood, Senior HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23680.


<2> Peteranna, M and McCullagh, C, 2008, Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Interim Report no. 3, Rev. 1 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24224.


<3> Gibson, C, 2006, Time Team 2005: Applecross Broch, Wester Ross, Highlands - Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of the Results, p 2 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG22440.


<4> Peteranna, M and McCullagh, C, 2010, Applecross Broch Community Archaeology Project: Excavation Summary and Preliminary Finds Discussion, Trench 9 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24921.

Sources/Archives (8)

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred NG 7000 4000 (40m by 40m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NG74SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish APPLECROSS

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Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Investigations/Events (1)

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