Unenclosed Prehistoric Settlement and Early Medieval Pits at Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Highlands

Lindsay Dunbar (Author)

Dawn McLaren (Contributor)

Jackaline Robertson (Contributor)

Rob Engl (Contributor)


Keyword(s):
Roundhouse, Post hole, Quarry pit, Ring ditch, Pit
Location(s):
Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie; Aberlour; Moray; Scotland; River Spey; Easter Elchies House. NGR: 327800,844700
Period(s):
Medieval, Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age, Middle Iron Age

Abstract


The excavation of a greenfield development at the Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Moray has revealed the remains of four episodes of heavily truncated settlement activity on a gravel terrace above the River Spey. In the Middle Bronze Age there was pit-digging activity, followed by a Late Bronze Age settlement consisting of at least two, and probably four, post-ring roundhouses and a four-poster. A single ring-ditch roundhouse represents Middle Iron Age settlement, and activity in the ninth to twelfth centuries ad is represented by a number of large rubbish disposal pits possibly associated with two post-ring roundhouses. A small assemblage of macroplant, charcoal and burnt bone was recovered, as well as a small amount of prehistoric pottery, a few coarse stone artefacts and metalworking residues.

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Published
01-01-2017
How to Cite
Dunbar, Lindsay, Dawn McLaren, Jackaline Robertson, and Rob Engl. 2017. “Unenclosed Prehistoric Settlement and Early Medieval Pits at Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Highlands”. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 66 (January). https://doi.org/10.9750/issn.2056-7421.2017.66.