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Date March 2019

Event ID 1107084

Category Recording

Type Excavation


NX 0121 6682 An excavation was undertaken, in March 2019, at High Milton Dun (Canmore ID: 60744). The excavation aimed to assess the survival of archaeological structures and deposits following stone quarrying at the site.

The excavations comprised: Trench 1, a 10 x 1.5m trench spanning the enclosure wall and the surviving dun interior; Trench 2 was a 1 x 1m test pit located at the base of the rocky knoll upon which the dun sits.

Trench 1 identified a bank at the crest of the knoll enclosing a circular structure, with a suggested internal diameter of c.8.8m. Within the circular structure was an area of rough paving and associated occupation deposit. These structures were overlain by rubble collapse deposits. Trench 2 at the base of the knoll, revealed only rubble derived from the collapse of the dun structure.

Alongside these trench excavations the exposed rock face, where the stone quarry has damaged the monument interior, was cleaned in a series of 1m panel sections. Reconnaissance augering was also undertaken to gauge the potential for survival of palaeoenvironmental material.

Archive: NRHE (intended)

Funder: Historic Environment Scotland

Graeme Cavers and Jamie Humble - AOC Archaeology Group

(Source: DES Vol 20)

OASIS ID: aocarcha1-348344

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