Metal and glass objects. In M Cressey & S Anderson, A later prehistoric settlement and metalworking site at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland - NMS Research Repository
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Metal and glass objects. In M Cressey & S Anderson, A later prehistoric settlement and metalworking site at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland

2011

Abstract

Construction in 1996 at a major retail development site close to Inverness, Highland resulted in the destruction of two known cropmark sites. One set of cropmarks was found to be associated with a Bronze Age log-boat burial site and the results of the ensuing excavation are published elsewhere (Cressey & Sheridan 2003). The excavation of a second area of cropmarks forms the subject of this publication. The archaeological remains consisted of a series of negative features, post-holes and annular ditches which form parts of at least nine separate structures of a later prehistoric unenclosed settlement. A mould fragment indicated Late Bronze Age sword production in the vicinity. A palisaded enclosure produced a copper-alloy brooch that is a rare find for the region. Evidence of copper-alloy objects and metalworking from a smelting hearth and slags show that the occupants were of some status. Some of the structural and artefactual evidence compellingly points to an in situ ironworking workshop. A large cache of smithing charcoal found in association with a smelting hearth was radiocarbon dated to 180BC-AD70 and represents one of the few dated in situ Iron Age ironworking episodes in Scotland.

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  • Resource type

    Book chapter

  • Institution
    • National Museums Scotland

  • Book title
    • Scottish Archaeological Internet Report

  • Journal title
    • Scottish Archaeological Internet Report

  • Volume
    • 47

  • Issue
    • 47

  • Pagination
    • 17-20

  • Publisher
    • The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

  • ISBN
    • 9780903903523

  • ISSN
    • 978 090 390 352 3

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  • Rights holder
    • The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland

  • Library of Congress Classification
    • CC

  • Additional information
    • Full text version freely available at the official URL