The excavation of two burnt mounds and a wooden trough near Beechwood Farm, Inshes, Inverness, 1999
Burnt Mounds, Pits, Wooden Trough, Watching Brief, Waterlogged Timber Trough
Inshes; Inverness; Highland; Scotland; UK
Early Bronze Age
An archaeological watching brief undertaken during topsoil stripping operations in the course of sewer construction led to the identification of two burnt mounds and a series of unrelated pits. Subsequent archaeological excavation of one of the mounds revealed the remains of a waterlogged timber trough, the contents of which afforded the preservation of environmental information concerning its use and later abandonment. The trough was radiocarbon dated to the late third millennium cal BC, placing it in the Early Bronze Age.