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Applecross, Wester Ross

Applecross, Wester Ross

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Published by Wessex Archaeology
Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by Videotext Communications Ltd. to carry out archaeological recording and post-excavation analysis on an archaeological evaluation by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of a possible Iron Age broch in Applecross, Wester Ross. The broch is located on a low ridge within Applecross campsite (centred on NGR 171183 844331).
The main aims of the project were to determine whether the rubble remains situated on a sandstone outcrop were indeed remnants of an Iron Age broch structure, and if so to define some of its key characteristics, determine its state of preservation, and date it more precisely within the Iron Age. Evidence suggesting that this may be a broch site includes vague documentary references to a stone fort from the 19th century as well as the presence of a large ‘kerbstone’ which protrudes through the grass on the southeast of the mound.
Other aims of this project included investigating the broader context of the possible broch, including the remains of a putative prehistoric stone circle within the campsite, and traces of walling suggesting the presence of two rectilinear structures, possibly later buildings, to the north-west of the site.
Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by Videotext Communications Ltd. to carry out archaeological recording and post-excavation analysis on an archaeological evaluation by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of a possible Iron Age broch in Applecross, Wester Ross. The broch is located on a low ridge within Applecross campsite (centred on NGR 171183 844331).
The main aims of the project were to determine whether the rubble remains situated on a sandstone outcrop were indeed remnants of an Iron Age broch structure, and if so to define some of its key characteristics, determine its state of preservation, and date it more precisely within the Iron Age. Evidence suggesting that this may be a broch site includes vague documentary references to a stone fort from the 19th century as well as the presence of a large ‘kerbstone’ which protrudes through the grass on the southeast of the mound.
Other aims of this project included investigating the broader context of the possible broch, including the remains of a putative prehistoric stone circle within the campsite, and traces of walling suggesting the presence of two rectilinear structures, possibly later buildings, to the north-west of the site.

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Iron objects comprise a nail (402), a knife blade (111) and two sheet
fragments of unknown function (112).

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