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Geophysical Survey

Date August 2009

Event ID 605080

Category Recording

Type Geophysical Survey


NJ 93732 66642 A survey covering 0.8ha, in three walled gardens surrounding the castle, was undertaken using 0.5 x 0.5m resolution earth resistance survey in August 2009. The aim was to identify any surviving garden features in advance of consolidation work on the castle and its grounds. A number of potential garden features were identified, the most striking of which were found immediately to the N of the castle. In this area, the anomalies appear to relate to the layout of a formal garden, with high resistance anomalies probably

associated with former paths or walls. A large linear anomaly in the garden to the W of the castle may represent a former wall, while to the N a number of less well defined anomalies were identified. In all areas, interpretation is confused by the existence of a number of anomalies that may be associated with the later use of the area as a market garden.

Archive: OCGU

Funder: Murray Archaeological Services Ltd

Mary Saunders – Orkney College Geophysics Unit

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