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Tain, Kirksheaf Road

Plough Marks (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval), Strap End, Unidentified Pottery(S) (Medieval), Unidentified Pottery(S) (Modern)

Site Name Tain, Kirksheaf Road

Classification Plough Marks (Period Unassigned), Rig And Furrow (Medieval), Strap End, Unidentified Pottery(S) (Medieval), Unidentified Pottery(S) (Modern)

Canmore ID 305430

Site Number NH78SE 231

NGR NH 7826 8211

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Tain
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty


Archaeological Evaluation (20 July 2009 - 3 September 2009)

NH 7826 8211 A trial trenching evaluation was conducted over 5% of a proposed housing development site from

20 July–3 September 2009. The site was considered sensitive due to its proximity to the historic centre of Tain.

All eight of the trenches showed evidence of early agricultural use and yielded fragments of medieval and

modern pottery. Trench 3 contained features identified as the remains of rig and furrow agriculture. The other seven trenches showed scattered linear ard marks reflecting multiple periods of use. In addition to the numerous medieval pottery fragments three metal finds were recovered by a local metal detectorist, a decorative strap end, a copper alloy jug foot and a copper alloy octagonal decorative boss. The scattered finds and the remains of agricultural practices have provided key evidence of the use of the site by the inhabitants of medieval Tain.

Archive: RCAHMS. Report: HHER and Library Service

Funder: Clayquest Ltd

Mary Peteranna – Highland Archaeology Services Ltd


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