Series: Scotia Archaeology unpublished report series

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Year of Publication (Start): 2007
Year of Publication (End): 2016
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Lewis John
Watching brief during excavations for a new garage at 1 Smiddy Lane, Ellon. The excavation revealed part of a cobbled yard associated with the late 18th-/early 19th-century smiddy, the cobbles being overlain with very hard, compacted smiddy waste. Below the cobbled yard were fragments of an earlier one comprising small cobbles lined with bricks.
2008
John Lewis
Watching briefs were kept on 7 and 8 July 2010 at several points during the refurbishment of an 11kv overhead power line between Campbeltown and Machrihanish, Kintyre. Nine wooden poles were replaced, one new one added and three stays inserted, the trenches all measuring typically 2m by 0.6m and 1.8m deep. Replacement pole trenches were located at: NR 68005 18792; NR 67899 18834; NR 69016 18868; NR 66281 18466; NR 65723 19740; NR 64858 20461; NR 64606 20572; NR 63574 20545; and NR 62997 20224. A new pole trench was added at: NR 63620 20539. Stay trenches were located at: NR 68113 18755; NR 63570 20593 and NR 69014 18868. Nothing of archaeological significance was found in any of the trenches.
2010
John Lewis
Watching briefs were kept between February and July 2010 at several locations during the refurbishment of an 11kv overhead power line around Loch Feochan to the S of Oban. Replacement pole trenches were located at: NM 86210 27458; NM 87711 27393; NM 88061 26987; NM 88302 24777; NM 89093 24659; NM 89315 24359; and NM 85714 25710. In addition, a stay trench was excavated at NM 88064 26938 and a cable trench dug between the pole at NM 88061 26987 to a house at NM 88056 26975. The overhead line was replaced by an underground one between NM 83012 23301 and NM 82968 23223. Nothing of archaeological significance was found in any of the trenches.
2010
John Lewis
Watching briefs were kept between 21 and 24 September 2009 during the refurbishment of an 11kv overhead power line at the south end of the Kintyre peninsula. Ten wooden poles were replaced, three stays added and two earth cable trenches dug at locations ranging between Keil, 1km W of Southend, to Culdrain, some 4km to its E. Pole and stay trenches measured typically 2m by 0.6m and 1.8m deep while the two cable trenches were 45-50m long, 0.6m wide and 0.6m deep. Pole trenches were located at: NR 72513 08723; NR 72607 08771; NR 71598 07955; NR 71367 07840; NR 70549 08602; NR 69378 09051; NR68441 08115; NR 68801 08002; NR 68858 67836; and NR 67985 08024. Stay trenches were located at: NR 72419 08663; NR 71648 08007; and NR 67985 08024. The earth cable trenches ran from NR 67985 08024 to NR 67943 08029 and from NR 67985 08024 to NR 68029 08050. Nothing of archaeological significance was found in any of the trenches.
2009
John Lewis
NR 3204 6024 to NR 2470 5770; NR 2218 6705 to NR 2100 5628; NR 2638 6655 to NR 2465 6604; NR 2516 6455 to NR 2748 6358; NR 1685 5200; NR 1970 5295 Walk-over surveys were undertaken at various locations on Islay between 17 and 19 June 2012 in advance of the refurbishment of sections of the island's power supply. The main stretches were: Bowmore to near Port Charlotte (NR 3204 6024 to NR 2470 5770); Ballinaby to Saligo (NR 2218 6705 to NR 2100 5628); around An Sidhean (NR 2638 6655 to NR 2465); and around Foreland (NR 2516 6455 to NR 2748 6358). Smaller investigations were centred on NR 1685 5200 and NR 1970 5295, near Portnahaven. Two previously unrecorded sites were encountered. At NR 30228 62815, close to the shore and a short distance west of Blackrock, is a small area of lazy beds. At NR 24920 58051, in a pasture field on the edge of Port Charlotte is a low, circular mound completely grassed over and measuring approximately 8-9m across and 0.4m high. Its summit is slightly dished, perhaps indicating that its interior is filled with collapsed walling although this could not be verified.
2012
John Lewis
An evaluation of the site of a proposed redevelopment within what was once the precinct of Arbroath Abbey but which has been a residential area since the mid-18th century. The evaluation comprised the excavation of four slit trenches which revealed 0.5m of humic, garden soil lying directly on beach sands. The only possible feature of archaeological significance was a single post-pit although this is thought to be a recent feature.
2007
John Lewis
NT 0043 7716 A watching brief was maintained between 22 September and 1 October 2010 during ground works associated with the construction of an extension to the rear of a dental practice at 22-24 High Street, Linlithgow. The footprint of the new building was similar to that of a recently-demolished structure which overlay the scant remains of an earlier one, perhaps of 18th-century date, identified as the foundations of its north and west walls.
2010
John Lewis
NO 71204 57521 A watching brief was kept on 28 October 2011 during the machine-excavation of a small trench to the rear of the former Salutation Inn which is being converted to apartments. Below modern concrete were remnants of a cobbled yard of 19th-/20th-century date over 0.5m of rubble and other debris. Towards the N end of the trench the rubble overlay one to two surviving courses of a single-skinned, mortar-bonded rubble wall built into what appeared to be garden soil. No associated dating evidence was retrieved although this insubstantial wall included masonry reused from what appeared to be a more robust structure.
2011
John Lewis
A walk-over survey undertaken on 10 February 2012 around the proposed site of a new sub-station identified the remains of a large enclosure on open moorland some 2.5km N of Minard. It was defined by a fragmentary stone and turf bank, 0.8m wide and up to 0.6m high and measured perhaps 200m across although its limits were difficult to determine. On 12 March 2012 three sections were cut across the bank in order to establish its construction which was confirmed as being of turf and boulders. No dating evidence was recovered. The feature is interpreted as a stock enclosure of probable pre-Improvement age and perhaps contemporary with field systems depicted on an estate plan of 1839.
2012
J P Lewis
NN 03840 29630 to NN 03395 29610 Watching briefs were maintained during excavations along the route of a new hydro-electric scheme at Allt Gruiniche, Bridge of Awe, near Taynuilt. On 10 July 2014 a trench was cut across the 18th-century Dalmally to Bonawe military road at NN 03592 29749 where little of the original make up of the road survived. On 1 August 2014 topsoil stripping for a new access track linking the power house to the A85 road was monitored, nothing of archaeological significance being uncovered.
2014
John Lewis
A walk-over survey was completed on 17 October 2013 along the course of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the east side of the Leny Burn, some 2km NW of Callander. No previously unrecorded sites of archaeological significance were encountered along the route.
2013
John Lewis
A walk-over survey was undertaken on 15 October 2013 along the course of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the Anie Burn, 5km NW of Callander. No previously unrecorded sites of archaeological significance were encountered along the route.
2013
John Lewis
A walk-over survey was undertaken on 15 October 2013 along the course of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the Ardchullarie Burn, 8km NW of Callander. No previously unrecorded sites of archaeological significance were encountered along the route.
2013
John Lewis
A walk-over survey was carried out on 1 November 2013 along the route of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme alongside the Milton Burn near Colintraive on the Kyles of Bute. The only previously unrecorded feature of interest comprised the scant remains of an earth and stone bank which ran eastwards for some 20m from NS 03713 75347.
2013
J P Lewis
A walk-over survey was undertaken on 6 February 2015 along the route of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme at Ardeonaig on the south side of Loch Tay. The route crossed mainly pasture land belonging to Succoth Farm. The only feature of archaeological interest encountered was an area of rig and furrow to the immediate W of a ruined farmstead (NN63NE 62) at NN 6692 3537. J Lewis 2015
2015
J P Lewis
Walk-over surveys were undertaken on 6 and 16 February 2015 along the route of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the E side of Loch Tay, 10km SW of Kenmore. From the power house a cable will cross the loch, coming ashore at Lawers and connecting with an existing power supply. One previously unrecorded feature of archaeological significance was encountered: the scant remains of a building measuring 14m by 5m at NN 70935 38774. J Lewis 2015
2015
J P Lewis
A walk-over survey was carried out on 22 September 2014 along the route of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the Auldmurroch Burn, near Blanefield. Unfortunately, bracken covered much of the ground at that time and the route was re-surveyed on 23 January 2016 when vegetation was low. Nothing of archaeological significance was encountered on either occasion.
2016
J P Lewis
NS 5040 7841 to NS 5151 7888 A walk-over survey was carried out on 22 September 2014 along the route of a proposed new hydro-electric scheme on the Auldmurroch Burn, near Blanefield. No structures or features of archaeological significance were encountered along the route of the proposed scheme. J Lewis 2014.
2014
J P Lewis
Walk-over surveys were undertaken on 2 August 2013 along the proposed routes of three hydro-electric schemes near Balliemeanoch Farm on the east side of Loch Awe. The only features of interest encountered were the remains of several field boundaries of pre- and post-Improvement ages and a clearance cairn at NN 01554 16121, probably associated with a nearby small level field in an otherwise steep hillside on Scheme D
2013
John Lewis
NM 86161 43871 to NM 86267 43949 A watching brief was kept during trenching for a new underground power supply a short distance from the large cairn of Cnoc Aingil. Nothing of archaeological interest was uncovered in the trench.
2011
 
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