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Dunnottar Castle

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Site Name Dunnottar Castle

Classification No Class (Event)

Canmore ID 279050

Site Number NO88SE 11.13

NGR NO 8812 8384

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Dunnottar
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Kincardine And Deeside
  • Former County Kincardineshire

Archaeology Notes

NO88SE 11.13 8812 8384

An archaeological watching brief was carried out in May 2005 when a series of 22 post holes were dug on the eastern cliff edge of the castle site, after a landslide required new safety fencing to be erected. A flat stone found in the first pit was interpreted as the base for artillery during the castle's fortification in the mid 17th century. An earthwork bank running along the seaward side of the fence line likely dates from this period too. Other pits produced evidence of domestic refuse and fragments of skull and a limb bone were also found; the skull may be associated with the nearby chapel and the limb bone appears to have been re-deposited, perhaps during work in the 1920s.

J Wood 2005.

NO 8810 8386 A watching brief was undertaken during the installation of an interpretation board beside the entry passage into Dunnottar Castle. No archaeological features or finds were evident.

H K Murray, 2007.

Activities

Watching Brief (14 February 2008)

NO 8812 8384 A watching brief was maintained on a coastal footpath between Stonehaven and Dunnottar Castle on 14 February 2008. No archaeological features or finds were evident.

Report: Aberdeenshire SMR and RCAHMS

Funder: Aberdeenshire Council

J C Murray (Murray Archaeological Services Ltd), 2008

Watching Brief (14 January 2013 - 15 January 2013)

NO 8812 8384 A watching brief was maintained, 14–15 January 2013, during the extension of a safety barrier erected in 2009. A series of 26 postholes were excavated by hand. One posthole, against the castle wall, exposed two foundation stones c400mm below ground level.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended). Report: Aberdeenshire Council HER

Funder: Dunecht Estates

JC Murray, Murray Archaeological Services Ltd, 2013

(Source: DES)

Watching Brief (31 October 2018)

NO 88128 83842 A watching brief was undertaken, 31 October

2018, during the excavation of a new drain along an existing

pathway within the castle. No archaeological features or

finds were evident.

Archive: Aberdeenshire HER and NRHE

Funder: Dunecht Estates

Hilary and Charlie Murray – Murray Archaeological Services Ltd

(Source: DES, Volume 19)

Watching Brief (30 October 2018)

NO 88128 83842 A watching brief was undertaken,

30 October 2018, during the excavation of two small

drainage sumps inside rooms in the West Range of buildings.

No archaeological features or finds were evident.

Archive: Aberdeenshire HER and NRHE

Funder: Dunecht Estates

Hilary and Charlie Murray – Murray Archaeological Services Ltd

(Source: DES, Volume 19)

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