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Conon Bridge

Henge (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Conon Bridge

Classification Henge (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 12781

Site Number NH55NW 1

NGR NH 54293 55071

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Urquhart And Logie Wester
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH55NW 1 5429 5507

(NH 5429 5507) Earthwork (NR)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)

Woodham calls this a henge monument consisting of a flat circular area 48' in diameter, surrounded by a ditch 9' wide, with an entrance causeway in the SE, 5' wide. A bank 12' wide surrounds the ditch but has no entrance to correspond with the causeway; the bank is 80' - 85' in overall diameter.

Feachem states that, at first sight, this seems to be a Class I henge, 75' in diameter measured from the crest of the bank, but only excavation can determine whether the bank was origianally fully annular; if it were so then, at best, the structure could be called a protohenge or hengiform earthwork. Whether henge or not, it is extremely likely to be of about 2nd or 3rd millenium BC date.

A A Woodham 1955; R W Feachem 1963.

This earthwork is as described above.

Resurveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B) 22 January 1965.

Hengi-form site.

G J Wainwright 1969.

Class I henge.

H A W Burl 1969.

No change.

Visited by RCAHMS (JRS), March 1989.

Earthwork [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, July 2009.

Activities

Field Visit (July 1979)

Conon Bridge NH 542 550 NH55NW 1

Immediately W of the Dingwall-Inverness road (A 9} there is an earthwork, probably a Class I henge, comprising a ditch and external bank which enclose an area measuring about 14.6m in diameter. The ditch is interrupted by a causeway on the SE, but there is no corresponding gap visible in the bank.

RCAHMS 1979, visited July 1979

Woodham 1953, 72-3; Feachem 1977, 67

Watching Brief (November 2009)

NH 54303 55103 A watching brief was undertaken in November

2009 during work associated with a house extension at

Sundowne. The development site was considered of interest

as it lies to the N of a henge (NH55NW 1). No archaeological

deposits or features were recorded.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended). Report: HCAU and RCAHMS

Funder: Mr G Stewart

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