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Moray East Offshore Wind Farm 9 - Inverichnie

Archaeological Feature (Period Unknown), Pit (Period Unknown), Post Hole (Period Unknown)(Possible), Ring Ditch (Prehistoric)

Site Name Moray East Offshore Wind Farm 9 - Inverichnie

Classification Archaeological Feature (Period Unknown), Pit (Period Unknown), Post Hole (Period Unknown)(Possible), Ring Ditch (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 369355

Site Number NJ66SE 476

NGR NJ 6949 6047

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Boyndie
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Banff And Buchan
  • Former County Banffshire


Excavation (November 2018 - December 2019)

NJ 6687 6481 to NJ 8344 4439 A watching brief and subsequent excavations were undertaken in a 40m wide cable route corridor running from landfall in Inverboyndie Bay (NJ 6687 6481) to the substation at New Deer, S of Burnside (NJ 8344 4439). The work took place between November 2018 and December 2019.

In Section 1 (NJ 6618 6448), a stone-lined souterrain was excavated. The souterrain measured 13m in length, 1.2–3.3m wide and survived to a maximum depth of 1.1m. The souterrain appears to have been deliberately backfilled and the backfilling deposits were overlying the remains of what was interpreted as a potential occupation deposit. In addition to the souterrain, two curvilinear ditches, assumed to form part of a circular, ditched enclosure, were identified during topsoil stripping. The northern arc measured 34m long and the southern arc measured 27.5m. The northern ditch ranged in width between 1.5–3.0m and depth between 0.22–0.74m. The southern ditch ranged in width between 1.5–2.4m and depth between 0.32–0.66m. The diameter across the enclosure was 24m externally and enclosed an area of approximately 160m². A 9m wide entrance was located to the E and another possible entrance to the N. The fills were indicative of a natural slow silting up of the ditches.

In Section 2 (NJ 6617 6370), a large irregular scooped pit presented an abundance of Late Bronze Age pottery across sequential phases of activity.

In Section 5 (NJ 6620 6077), a N–S alignment of shallow pits contained compact pebble surfaces possibly indicative of a kiln-type structure.

In Section 12 (NJ 7191 5992), a circular pit arrangement surrounded the heat-affected traces of a hearth, bounded by two curvilinear ditches.

In Section 8 (NJ 6911 5977) the excavation followed on from an evaluation on six cropmark sites which identified a number of archaeological features. The excavation was undertaken during topsoil stripping operations. An extensive spread of negative features was identified. These are considered to be prehistoric in date. Two clusters of complex features were identified close together and although their purpose is unclear, they are likely to present the remains of structures used in industrial activity. A four-posted structure was identified, and numerous pits and several ring ditches were spread across a wider area. It is highly likely that these remains present the partial remains of a wider complex which likely extends to the N.

A cluster of features comprising a curvilinear ring ditch, a large pit, a possible posthole and a partially exposed feature were identified and excavated in Section 9 (NJ 6949 6047). No other features were identified in this area although the possibility remains that further remains may survive nearby, especially to the N and E.

An excavation of a stone-built corn-drying kiln was undertaken within Section 29. The kiln consisted of a sub-circular fire pit, a stone-built flue and a substantial sub-circular dry stone chamber, orientated NE to SW down the slope. Accumulated deposits comprised ashy bands of silting within the flue mouth and organic silt within the chamber, sealed with rubble and backfill across the feature. Morphologically, the round kiln is similar to widespread examples in Scotland dating from the medieval to post-medieval periods. No archaeological finds were recovered from the deposits. No further archaeologically significant deposits were identified in the vicinity.

Finds across the sites included prehistoric pottery, worked flint and stone consistent with the common distribution of prehistoric features and activity throughout the local area.

Archive: NRHE (intended). Reports lodged with Council HER

Funder: Natural Power Consultants

Leah Watt − CFA Archaeology Ltd

(Source: DES Vol 21)


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