Hunter, Fraser (2011) Metal and glass objects. In M Cressey & S Anderson, A later prehistoric settlement and metalworking site at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland. In: Scottish Archaeological Internet Report. The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, pp. 17-20. ISBN 9780903903523

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Full text version freely available at the official URL
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
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Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2011 09:17
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2013 15:07
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/669

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