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Date September 2003

Event ID 1001148

Category Recording

Type Excavation


ND 219 711 The second season of work in September 2003 saw further excavation within this ruinous building (DES 2002, 67). It was most recently used by the Brotchie family, first as a dwelling then as a byre/storehouse, before being abandoned in the mid-20th century. The finds and stratigraphy confirm the map evidence that the steading and the associated archaeological layers exposed across the site are all essentially 18th-19th century in origin. Floor surfaces and occupation layers were, as far as could be ascertained, accumulated within the shell of the building.

A series of trenches were excavated through these later layers to clarify the extent and depth of earlier deposits identified the previous year. Directly below the walls of the steading, massive stone walls were identified which appeared to form the footings of two small buildings. Beneath these, laminated humic sediments to a depth of over 1.5m indicated a long sequence of occupation at the site. Identified structures included numerous well-stratified hearths, a possible kiln and a stone-lined tank. Soil samples revealed occasional shell concentrations, and concentrations of cereal grain, charcoal and animal bone. The finds comprise a good assemblage of medieval redware and grass-tempered coarseware. The coarseware was found throughout the sequence but was the only fabric that was encountered at depth. Although it could potentially be as late as the medieval period, the presence of two worked red deer antler picks in the same layers suggests a date in the Iron Age.

Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.

Sponsor: HS

T Holden 2003.

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