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Rosemarkie, Water Treatment Works

Cremation Cemetery (Bronze Age), Pit(S) (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)(Possible)

Site Name Rosemarkie, Water Treatment Works

Classification Cremation Cemetery (Bronze Age), Pit(S) (Period Unassigned), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)(Possible)

Canmore ID 346630

Site Number NH75NW 350

NGR NH 73121 57093

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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


Excavation (6 June 2012 - 17 July 2012)

NH 73121 57093 A watching brief and excavation were carried out 6 June – 17 July 2012 during the upgrade of the Fortrose and Rosemarkie Waterworks on land W of Greenside Farm. A total of 37 features were recorded, the majority of which were prehistoric, with some evidence of medieval activity. A Bronze Age cremation cemetery yielded an inverted urn and an upright urn, both of which contained cremated material. A copper or bronze pin was found beneath the inverted urn. Three un-urned cremation deposits were also recorded.

A large pit, 4 x 3m and 1.5m deep, was located close to the cremation cemetery. At the base of the pit was a fire pit from which a piece of possible Neolithic pottery was recovered. There are several later burning events within the pit and pottery and burnt grain were recovered. Other shallow pits contained a combination of burnt hazelnut shell, pottery and lithics. Four large circular pits were interpreted as medieval or later.

Archive: RoCAS. Report: Highland HER (intended)

Funder: Scottish Water Solutions

Lynn Fraser, Ross and Cromarty Archaeological Services 2012

OASIS ID: rosscrom1-171713


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