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Ardnamurchan, Bourblaige

Fort (Period Unassigned), Sheepfold (Period Unassigned), Structure (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ardnamurchan, Bourblaige

Classification Fort (Period Unassigned), Sheepfold (Period Unassigned), Structure (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 90622

Site Number NM56SE 10

NGR NM 5501 6248

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Ardnamurchan
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM56SE 10 5501 6248

This structure was labelled a sheepfold in 1875. It was presumably built after the neighbouring settlements of Bourblaige and Torr na Moine were cleared in 1828. This has been a desk assessment area.

J Wordsworth, SSSIs, Scottish Natural Heritage, 1993.


Geophysical Survey (April 2009)

A limited programme of geophysical survey using magnetometry and resistivity was undertaken during one

week in April 2009. In total nine small grids were surveyed, seven around the depopulated township and two at the nearby fort. The aim of this work was to explore the potential of geophysical survey techniques for identifying earlier phases of activity at the sites.

NM 5501 6247 Fort The surviving walls were recorded using a total station and a limited topographic survey of the summit was also carried out. Both the geophysical survey techniques picked up the overgrown walling of the fort. A strong positive magnetic anomaly was also found in a central position on the main summit that could indicate the presence of a hearth.

Report: Historic Scotland

Funder: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the Caledonian Research Foundation

Anne Bankier – University of Glasgow (post-graduate research)


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