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Just published: SAIR 91!

27th July 2020 | Categories: Publications

The Society is pleased to announce the publication of a new Scottish Archaeological Internet Report, available now via the SAIR website.

The most recent paper reports on evidence of ancient habitation in Fortrose, Highlands, spanning thousands of years back to the Neolithic. The Society gratefully acknowledges the funding of Headland Archaeology towards the publication of this paper.

To read the abstract and access the paper, please see the details below:

SAIR 91: The Excavation of Neolithic Pits and a Bronze Age Burial Site at Ness Gap, Fortrose

by Nuala C Woodley, Julie Lochrie, Alison Sheridan, Trevor Cowlie, Claire Christie, Julie Franklin, Laura Bailey, Tim Holden


An investigation by Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd took place in early 2013 in advance of a housing development at Ness Gap, Fortrose, Highland. The excavation revealed domestic activity dating from the Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age. A cluster of Neolithic pits provided insights into the development of agriculture in the area, with evidence for cereal production and the gathering of wild resources. The use of the site changed in the Bronze Age, with the landscape utilised for funerary practices, which were represented by stone cists and cremation burials, both urned and unurned. Analysis has further informed on the burial practices of the Bronze Age and added to our understanding of a unique peninsular landscape rich in prehistoric activity.

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