Issue: The Excavation of Bronze Age Roundhouses at Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire

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Abstract Excavations in summer 2005 to the north of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, revealed the remains of at least three Bronze Age ring-ditch roundhouses and associated features, together apparently forming elements of an area of open settlement. The excavations were conducted in advance of the construction of a new bypass road around the north of Oldmeldrum, related to new housing development. George Wimpey (East Scotland Ltd) funded the project.
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Author Ross White
Phil Richardson
Issue Editor Helen Bleck
Publisher Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Year of Publication 2010
Volume 43
ISBN 0 903903 56 1
Source DigitalBorn
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Abstract
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Excavations in summer 2005 to the north of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, revealed the remains of at least three Bronze Age ring-ditch roundhouses and associated features, together apparently forming elements of an area of open settlement. The excavations were conducted in advance of the construction of a new bypass road around the north of Oldmeldrum, related to new housing development.
Ross White
Phil Richardson
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Excavations in summer 2005 to the north of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, revealed the remains of at least three Bronze Age ring-ditch roundhouses and associated features, together apparently forming elements of an area of open settlement. The excavations were conducted in advance of the construction of a new bypass road around the north of Oldmeldrum, related to new housing development.
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This chapter comprises background to the project, site location and geology.
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This chapter presents the archaeological description of three ring-ditch houses, two discrete groups of features which conceivably represent the heavily truncated remains of two further ring-ditch houses and two isolated pits.
Melanie Johnson
Torben Bjarke Ballin
Adam Jackson
Dawn McLaren
Jennifer Thoms
Mhairi Hastie
Michael Cressey
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This chapter comprises specialist reports on prehistoric pottery, fired clay, lithics, coarse stone, vitrified material, animal bone, charred plant remains and charcoal. There is also a section on radiocarbon dating.
Melanie Johnson
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Torben B Ballin
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Melanie Johnson
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Adam Jackson
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Dawn McLaren
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Jennifer Thoms
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Mhairi Hastie
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Michael Cressey
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The programme of excavations has provided a small insight into prehistoric domestic activity in Aberdeenshire and has added more evidence to the steadily increasing resource of ring-ditch type houses. Although the roundhouses and other features could not be stratigraphically linked, the dates and artefacts, and indeed the morphology of the features, fit neatly into the settlement development model recently constructed at Forest Road, Kintore.
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