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Oliclate Geophysical Survey

Date 1 August 2014 - 2 August 2014

Event ID 1013651

Category Project

Type Project


ND 32110 45730 A fluxgate gradiometer survey, an earth resistance survey and a ground penetrating radar survey were carried out, 1–2 August 2014, on land next to the Burn of Swartigill. The survey aimed to characterise the extent and the nature of a known Iron Age site being eroded by the burn. The gradiometer survey has highlighted a 25 x 30m area, presenting strong magnetic variation likely to be associated with anthropogenic activity, and potentially indicative of the presence of a settlement. The earth resistance survey results suggested, within this area of enhancement, the presence of a potential sub-rectangular structure measuring 10 x 16m. The ground penetrating radar helped clarify the nature of some anomalies visible in the gradiometer and earth resistance survey. It is possible that the results of this geophysical survey

may have revealed a late Iron Age settlement, with a ‘wag’ or ‘figure-eight’ building.

Archive: ORCA

Funder: Yarrows Heritage Trust

Nick Card, Rosalind Aitken and Thomas Desalle – ORCA

(Source: DES)

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