Unenclosed prehistoric settlement and early medieval pits at Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Moray

Lindsay Dunbar (Author)

Rob Engl (Contributor)

Dawn McLaren (Contributor)

Jackaline Robertson (Contributor)

Roundhouse, Post hole, Quarry pit, Ring ditch, Pit
Moray, Scotland, UK
Middle Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age, Middle Iron Age, medieval


The excavation of a greenfield development at the Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Moray (NGR: NJ 278 447) 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 9th to 12th 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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Dunbar, Lindsay, Rob Engl, Dawn McLaren, and Jackaline Robertson. 2017. “Unenclosed Prehistoric Settlement and Early Medieval Pits at Macallan Distillery, Craigellachie, Moray”. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 66 (January), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.9750/issn.2056-7421.2017.66.1-22.