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A watching brief was maintained over the digging of foundation trenches on 20 March 2014. The site had been previously cleared and the pre-OS First Edition buildings were cleared from the site several years ago. More recently Japanese knotweed over a quarter of the site had been removed to a depth of 1.5m. The remaining topsoil was removed from the site prior to 20.3.14 but the scraped trenches were examined and no archaeological features were identified. The digging of the foundations trenches into the clay and stone subsoil revealed no features and finds. Two possible foundations were recorded in the section of a cable trench, F1 a stone cobble possible foundation and F2, a brick foundation. A Cameron 2014.
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2014
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A visual inspection of the site was carried out on 4 April 2018 and a photographic survey was carried out on 20 April 2018 with watching briefs on the service trenches 30 August and 6 September 2018. A pit and post-hole were excavated; it is possible that post-hole base F1 is medieval in origin but the pit F3 was backfilled in the late 19th or 20th century. This site is on the line of medieval High Street and the buildings may have been wood or this might have been the remains of an internal partition or fitting. Parson Gordon's map of 1661 (Illus 13) shows stone buildings along the frontage with rigs to the E. Medieval pottery of the type recovered on this site have been found all over Aberdeen and Old Aberdeen. The building work is now complete and so it is recommended that no further archaeological work is required during the current planning application.
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2018
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A photographic survey was carried out prior to demolition of former cart shed at the rear of property in Bon Accord Crescent.
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2015
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A standing building survey was carried out prior to demolition of this 19th-century cottage
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2013
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A Level 1 standing building survey was carried out on 28 February 2017. Two buildings were recorded photographically and architects plans and elevations checked and annotated. Building 1 probably dates to the early 19th century and was probably built as workshops with domestic accommodation on the first floor. Building 2 was constructed prior to 1900 and attached to the existing buildings on Bogie Street and New Road.
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2017
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A watching brief was carried out on 22 July 2019; a trench 0.5m wide and 0.6m deep (Illus 3) was hand dug. A layer of mixed clay and 18th- to 20th-century finds was recorded on top of a layer of sandstone and roughcasting chips 0.6m below the surface which had been laid when the current house was constructed. Finds included waterwashed flints, 18th-to 20th-century pottery and glass, zinc roughcasting mesh and plastic.
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2019
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Report on archaeological watching brief for construction of new forestair, garden access and refit at 4 Chapel Court, Aberdeen.
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2011
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A photographic survey and watching brief was carried out on 16 April 2019. A trench 0.75m wide, 0.3m deep and 6m long was excavated by hand. At the E end of the trench a mortar bonded stone wall was investigated. It ran parallel to the existing E basement wall and during its removal grey slates were found within the structure indicating that it was a post-medieval wall probably associated with a basement structure no longer visible. The soil was clayey with 19th-century finds including ceramic roof tiles and earthenwares.
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2019
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A photographic survey was carried out prior to refurbishment and additions to this house.
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2017
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A watching brief and a standing building survey were carried out during the conversion of this late 18th-century building to University of Aberdeen accommodation.
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2012
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A watching brief was carried out from 18-20 November 2015 during the excavation of a trench for fibre optic cables to 53 College Bounds. One trench was excavated on the S side of the garden wall adjacent to the Powis Lodge, 51 College Bounds, the former Rocking Horse Nursery (Trench 1) and one trench within the front garden of 53 College Bounds (Trench 2). The trenches were filled with garden soil and one area of construction/ demolition material in Trench 2 which may have been associated with demolition of greenhouses or garden buildings.
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2016
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An air-raid shelter was recorded prior to demolition for a house extension.
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2012
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On May 22nd and 23rd, 2017, a watching brief took place at 61 West High Street, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire in advance of construction of a retail and residential structure on an undeveloped lot. No archaeological finds or features were noted and it is therefore recommended that no further archaeological work is required during the current planning application.
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2017
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A level 2 standing building survey was carried out on 11 Jopps Lane and 85-89 Loch Street, Aberdeen. An archaeological evaluation was carried out at the site after demolition and levels associated with the 'New Aberdeen loch' were recorded.
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2012
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On February 18th, 2019, an archaeological watching brief was held on ground between the SE side of Green Banks Caravan Park and the Spotty Bag Shop in Banff during electrical upgrades to the shop's expanding kitchen and restaurant operations. This involved the excavation of a rectangular junction pit to tap into existing buried electrical cables with a branch trench dug to the shop's existing electrical inlet at the rear of the building. No archaeological features were observed, but several fragments of probable 19th century glass and ceramic were recovered, along with a rather unusual narrow blue glass bottle. However, the ground through which the cable was dug consisted of imported fills, presumably imported from the surrounding area. No further archaeological mitigation or work is deemed necessary.
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2019
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On March 23rd, 2016, two trial pits measuring 2 x 1m were hand-dug to the underlying sub-soil which sloped down in both trenches following the slope of the supposed motte itself. These trial-pits were located adjacent to the retaining wall which encircles much of Balnagask Motte, a scheduled ancient monument (SM10403) located in the Torry area of Aberdeen City. This action was carried out in advance of remedial works to repair the double-faced stone retaining wall which currently stands over 2m high in areas along the public footpath. The trenches indicate that the wall and adjacent path were terraced into the natural slope of the ground, which generally slopes down towards the north. Numerous sherds of 19th and 20th century pottery were recovered, in addition to animal bone (horse), a clay pipe stem and fragments of clay roof tile and metal drainage pipe, but no earlier finds suggesting that the soil banked up behind the boundary wall has accumulated or been dumped in the 19th century and later.
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2016
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In mid- to late-January 2015, a walkover survey of the forested areas at Crathes Castle Estate, Banchory, Aberdeenshire was undertaken by Dr Robert Lenfert on behalf of Cameron Archaeology. A possible unrecorded prehistoric cairn or feature, first observed by Shannon Fraser from NTS, was further investigated, while several enhancements to the existing historical landscape survey (McGowan/AOC 2009) were also made, most notably by extending the known sections of remnant stone walling on the estate. In addition, several other small cairns which likely represent clearance activity were noted. The effects of the devastating January 31st/February 1st storm of 1953 are still visible on the property. The storm flattened virtually the entire estate's stock of standing timber, sparing only small sections around the castle, which in turn prompted a major clearing and replanting scheme by the Scottish Forestry Commission over the ensuing three year period. This is seen to have a detrimental effect on the condition and survival of upstanding archaeological remains, yet the overall extent of much of the stone walling was largely visible at the time of the survey. Six small unrecorded clearance cairns or features were added, in addition to the extended walling mentioned above.
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2015
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A watching brief was carried out from 19-28th January 2015 during the excavation of trial pits by Raeburn Drilling at exterior and interior locations within Aberdeen Art Gallery. No finds were recorded during this work and no in situ archaeological deposits were identified; all the trial pits were located adjacent to walls and pillars where archaeological deposits are less likely to survive in situ. There is potential for archaeological deposits to survive however, and further archaeological work will be required when the Art Gallery redevelopment takes place.
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2015
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Cameron Archaeology carried out a 7% archaeological evaluation of the North and South compound areas and the Central Compound (North Storage Area) between 6-23rd February 2017. Watching briefs were undertaken in the central compound during test pitting on 23 April and soil strips at the S end on 12 July 2017 and for the new road 29-30 January 2018. A slipway was recorded 5 -11 May 2017 and there is a separate report for this (Lenfert 2017). The groundworks are completed for this development and no significant archaeological remains were recovered and it is therefore recommended that no further archaeological work is required at this site unless further groundworks take place within the North Compound or finds are recovered during the works.
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2018
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Cameron Archaeology carried out an archaeological watching brief on July 18th and 31st, 2019 on a 50m x 50m parcel of land (0.25Ha) at the North Compound Area of the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project, adjacent to and due west/south-west of Girdleness lighthouse. The watching brief area was approximately 33% stripped prior to arrival of the archaeologist and was covered in gravel and spoil upon arrival. The remainder of the soil strip was observed. No archaeological finds or features were noted.
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2019
 
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