Rosal: a deserted township in Strath Naver, Sutherland

Horace Fairhurst (Author)


Keyword(s):
Settlement, Wall, Pottery, Excavation, English Wares, Pit
Period(s):
Bronze Age, Late 18th

Abstract


NC 690415. The survey is based upon fieldwork, documentary sources and excavation, and demonstrates a long history of intermittent settlement from the Bronze Age until the Clearances of 1814-8. About seventy structures of the period immediately before the Clearances are distinguished and classed as dwellings, outhouses, yards and corn-drying kilns; the absence of the more specialised buildings indicates the nature of Rosal as a purely farming community. The buildings and arable rigs are contained within an irregular stone wall and form three clusters. One complex examined in detail contained a longhouse, an adjacent barn, an outhouse included within a stretch of dyke, a stackyard and a large pit. The pottery, mass-produced imitations of English wares, was probably made in the Glasgow or Forth areas, and dates from the late 18th and very early 19th centuries (see also 70/894). Au

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Published
30-11-1968
How to Cite
Fairhurst, H. (1968). Rosal: a deserted township in Strath Naver, Sutherland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 100, 135-169. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8730
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