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Inverness, Culduthel

Cremation (Prehistoric), Enclosure (Prehistoric), Furnace (Period Unassigned), Inhumation (Prehistoric)(Possible), Palisade (Prehistoric), Pit Alignment (Post Medieval), Pottery Scatter(S) (Prehistoric), Roundhouse(S) (Prehistoric), Knife (Iron), Pin (Copper), Saddle Quern(S), Unidentified Flint(S) (Prehistoric)

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

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Excavation (28 June 2007 - 7 September 2007)

NH 6663 4163 An excavation took place in advance of Phases 7 and 8 of housing development at Culduthel Farm, Inverness. A 5% evaluation conducted in 2005 had identified prehistoric features across the whole site (Murray 2006). A total of 5.2ha was stripped between 28 June–7 September 2007 under archaeological supervision, uncovering over 300 prehistoric features including a cremation burial, a possible inhumation,

three roundhouses, part of an enclosure, part of a palisade, the remains of a small bowl furnace for iron smelting/smithing, and a cobbled work surface. Approximately 980 sherds of pottery were recovered from these features, dating from the middle Neolithic to Bronze Age. Other finds recovered included several saddle querns, c280 pieces of flint, a decorated copper alloy pin, c20kg of iron slag and several iron objects including a small knife blade. An alignment of 19 pits, two of which were stonelined, was found on the highest part of the site and appear to be associated with post-medieval agricultural activity.

Archive to be deposited with RCAHMS. Report to be deposited with Highland Council SMR and RCAHMS.

Funder: Tulloch Homes Ltd.

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