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Abhainn Shlatach

Quarry (Period Unassigned), Sheepfold (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Abhainn Shlatach

Classification Quarry (Period Unassigned), Sheepfold (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 312287

Site Number NM88SE 6

NGR NM 8900 8135

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Arisaig And Moidart
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire


Project (May 2011)

A programme of archaeological work was undertaken May–July 2011 on the site of proposed hydro-electric scheme, which will harness the two streams of Abhainn Shlatach and Allt na h-Aire. An assessment of cartographic evidence and aerial photographs highlighted at least two archaeological sites. A field survey, undertaken in difficult conditions, confirmed the existence of these, one a sheepfold (NM 8914 8120), the other an enclosure and quarry (NM 8900 8135), and also identified a turf enclosure (NM 8875 8010) and a series of drains (NM 897 807). All are probably indicators of 18th- and 19th-century farming activity. Their locations were recorded and marked by canes. A number of mitigation measures have been proposed and the sites should not be affected by the development.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended)

Funder: TLS Hydropower Ltd

Alba Archaeology (Highland) Ltd, 2011

Field Visit (18 May 2011)

This rectangular enclosure is situated in rough ground on the raised SW bank of Abhainn Shlatach. It measures about 33m from NW to SE by 24m transversely over a low turf wall which, where best preserved along the SW, measures 0.5m in width and 0.5m in height. A gap in the wall at the S corner may have been an entrance, while further turf features at the N corner are of unclear function. Immediately to the N of the enclosure there is a quarry scoop which has been let into the SE face of a natural mound. The scoop is 6m in length, 3m in width and about 2m in height at the rear. Some loose stone within the enclosure may be from this quarry scoop, which was perhaps used for the road or railway construction.

A large enclosure annotated ‘sheepfold’, not all of which is now apparent in the field, is depicted here on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire Sheet CXXXVII, c1902).


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