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Year of Publication (Start): 2011
Year of Publication (End): 2018
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S Birch
M Peteranna
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out between the 20th and the 22nd April 2011 on behalf of Auch Estate, Bridge of Orchy, Argyll and Bute in advance of a woodland establishment scheme. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for planting and regeneration (Areas 2, 3 and 4) and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified new sites of archaeological interest within Area 3 including houses, shielings, enclosures and boundary walls. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the woodland scheme. No archaeological sites were identified within areas 2 and 4.
2011
S Birch
An archaeological evaluation including a watching brief and excavation was carried out at the site of the new Broadford Medical Centre at High Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye. The evaluation recovered a wide range of features including a possible cairn, a stone-lined grave/cist, grain storage pits, a grain-drying kiln and a souterrain. Additional prehistoric features included pits and post-holes and potential evidence for early forest clearance, while stone-filled field drains and a drystone wall bordering High Road relate to later agricultural improvements and the formal layout of the road leading to the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital. The excavation of the prehistoric features at the site produced organic residues, sediment samples and small finds including ceramics and stone tools that will require specialist analysis. The post-excavation analysis of these materials is on-going and results will be included in a final publication.
2012
S Birch
M Peteranna
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out between the 20th and the 22nd April 2011 on behalf of Auch Estate, Bridge of Orchy, Argyll and Bute in advance of a woodland establishment scheme. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for planting and regeneration (Area 1) and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified new sites of archaeological interest including a bothy, a shieling, a boulder shelter and possible shooting butts. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the woodland scheme.
2011
Y Robertson
An archaeological watching brief and desk-based assessment were required by Scottish Water in respect to the installation of a generator and upgrade of the existing access on land south east of Ocean View, Nerabus, Port Charlotte on the Isle of Islay. The watching brief was carried out on over c. 200m of the access track and the site compound. The topsoil to be removed was very shallow and in most of the trench was directly on top of a compact medium grey brown silty clay or bedrock. A small selection of 19th to 20th century ceramics was noted in the topsoil but no other archaeological features were found.
2018
S Birch
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out in advance of a proposed new water main between Newlands and Wester Abercalder to the south of Dores, Inverness-shire. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected along the line of the route in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The walkover survey identified several new archaeological sites including four bridges, an enclosure, turf and stone-built structures, boundary dykes and a track. The desk-based assessment produced a wide range of sites within the immediate landscape surrounding the proposed works including a crannog, farmsteads and townships. Post-medieval settlement remains relating to some of these sites were identified and recorded during the survey. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the excavation of the pipeline trench.
2012
S Birch
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out between the 4th and 6th September 2013 in advance of two new mini hydro-electricity schemes at Peinvraid, near Uig in the island of Skye. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for the proposed development works and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified a number of new archaeological sites including post-medieval farmsteads, shielings, boundary dykes, a stone-built bridge and associated track revetments, and an area of rig and furrow cultivation. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the proposed works.
2013
S Wilson
Archaeological monitoring was requested by Scottish Water in relation to the construction of a new water main pipeline on the Isle of Iona. The pipeline route will come across the Sound of Iona from Mull and run alongside an existing pipeline from Port an Diseart on the east coast of the island, near two Scheduled Monuments. No archaeological features or finds were noted.
2016
S Birch
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out on the 21 February 2014 in advance of new water treatment work upgrades at Tomatin, Strathdearn Inverness-shire. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for the proposed development works and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey recorded the site of a known hut circle and associated field system and identified one new archaeological site, which may comprise the degraded remains of a prehistoric cairn. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the site during the establishment of the proposed works.
2014
S Birch
L Fraser
M Peteranna
A small-scale archaeological excavation and watching brief was carried out at 7 North Duntulm on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye, in advance of the development of two new house sites. The work was undertaken in terms of the mitigation strategy recommended by West Coast Archaeological Services following a detailed archaeological survey of the proposed development sites carried out on 26th July 2011.
2012
S Birch
M Peteranna
An archaeological desk-based assessment and detailed archaeological survey was carried out at 7 North Duntulm on the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye in advance of the development of two new house sites. The work was undertaken to conduct a baseline survey of the upstanding archaeological remains within the application area in order to inform a strategy of mitigation to the proposed development. The fieldwork results have produced a detailed record of the archaeological structures within both proposed sites, which comprise mostly well-preserved Post Medieval settlement remains, representing multiple phases of occupation and building.
2011
S Birch
M Peteranna
Walkover survey undertaken in advance of a woodland management scheme including planting and regeneration revealed a well-preserved post-medieval landscape including deserted townships, shielings, field boundaries and areas of relict rig and furrow cultivation.
2011
S Birch
M Peteranna
An archaeological desk-based assessment and walkover survey was carried out between 16 December and 17 December 2011 at the Killundine Estate, on the Morvern peninsula in advance of a woodland establishment scheme. The work was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for planting and regeneration and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified thirty-eight new archaeological sites including shielings, townships, pens and turf and stone dykes. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the woodland scheme. S Birch 2011
2011
S Birch
M Peteranna
An archaeological walkover survey was carried out between the 26th and the 27th May 2011 on Ulva Estate, Mull, Argyll and Bute in advance of the second phase of a woodland establishment scheme. The survey was undertaken to assess the nature and extent of any archaeology likely to be affected within the areas outlined for planting and regeneration and in order to inform recommendations for the protection and management of any sites recovered. The survey identified new sites of archaeological interest including shielings, enclosures, boundary walls and areas of rig and furrow cultivation. Settlement remains and a single standing stone within planned open areas within the planting scheme were also recorded to complete the archaeological record of settlement within Block 2. Mitigation measures are proposed to safeguard the sites during the establishment of the woodland scheme.
2011
 
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