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Inverness, Slackbuie

Lithic Scatter (Prehistoric), Pottery Scatter (Period Unassigned), Roundhouse (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Site Name Inverness, Slackbuie

Classification Lithic Scatter (Prehistoric), Pottery Scatter (Period Unassigned), Roundhouse (Prehistoric)(Possible)

Canmore ID 293040

Site Number NH64SE 531

NGR NH 671 419

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Inverness And Bona
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH64SE 531

NH 671 419 (centred on) Elphinstone Holdings Ltd commissioned SUAT to undertake an archaeological excavation on the site of land being sold for development at Slackbuie, Inverness. The development area was a green field site located on the south-east side of Inverness and contained two separate areas of archaeological interest, Areas A and B.

Within Area A (centred on NH 67119 41947) a sub-triangle measuring 4243m2 was stripped of topsoil down to an archaeological horizon lying directly on an undisturbed subsoil dividing between dry yellow-brown sandy gravel to the northeast (covering the majority of the area) and moist orange-brown clay and gravel to the southwest. In the southern part of this area a complex series of pits and postholes were exposed, representing the possible remains of several structures. The clearest visible structure is that of a post hole defined round-house set around a central roof support. Several probable storage pits were also excavated. Finds from the site included two worked flint blades, recovered from a pit and post hole within the possible round-house complex. Sherds of coarse pottery were also recovered from one of the pits. On the basis of these finds, and 14C assay, the remains are dated to the mid to late Bronze Age.

In Area B (centred on NH 674 420), a rectangle measuring 8000m2 was stripped of topsoil, exposing a small number of pit or posthole features. Although suggestive of some form of structure, these were too sparse to be strongly indicative of such. Amongst them was a large pit containing large quantities of stones and slight indications of heating/burning. It is speculated that this feature might have been associated with waste disposal from some small-scale industrial process. Small quantities of iron slag were recovered during the evaluation phase.

The work (SUAT side code JN10) was carried out between 19th March and 25th April 2007, in varying weather conditions.

C Fyles (SUAT Ltd), 25 October 2007.

Activities

Excavation (19 March 2007 - 25 April 2007)

NH 671 419 The development area was a green field site on the SE side of Inverness and contained two separate areas of archaeological interest, Areas A and B. Work was undertaken between 19 March–25 April 2007. In Area A (centred on NH 67119 41947) , a subtriangle measuring 4243m2 was stripped of topsoil down to an archaeological horizon lying directly on an undisturbed subsoil dividing between dry yellow brown sandy

gravel to the NE (covering the majority of the area) and moist orange brown clay and gravel to the SW. In the southern part of this area a complex series of pits and postholes were exposed, representing the possible remains of several structures. The clearest visible structure is that of a posthole-defined roundhouse set around a central roof support. Several probable storage pits were also excavated. Finds from the site included two worked flint blades, recovered from a pit and posthole in the possible roundhouse complex. Sherds of coarse pottery were also recovered from one of the pits. On the basis of these finds, and 14C assay, the remains are dated to the mid to late Bronze Age.

In Area B, a rectangle measuring 8000m2 was stripped of topsoil, exposing a small number of pit or posthole features. Although suggestive of some form of structure, these were too sparse to be strongly indicative. Among them was a large pit containing large quantities of stones and slight indications of heating/burning. This feature might have been associated with waste disposal from some form of small-scale industrial process.

Small quantities of iron slag were recovered during the evaluation phase.

Archive deposited with RCAHMS.

Funder: Elphinstone Holdings Ltd.

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