Inverness, Holm Mains Farm

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Site Type CIST(S), LINEAR FEATURE(S), PIT(S), POST HOLE(S), BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD(S), BEAKER(S), PLANT REMAINS, UNIDENTIFIED FLINT, UNIDENTIFIED POTTERY (BRONZE AGE)
Canmore ID 268936
Site Number NH64SE 356
NGR NH 656 414
Council HIGHLAND
Parish INVERNESS AND BONA
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District INVERNESS
Former County INVERNESS-SHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NH c.656 414

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Archaeological Notes

NH64SE 356 c.656 414

NH 656 414 Two Early Bronze Age short cists and several outlying undated features were discovered unexpectedly on a construction site at Holm Mains Farm, and were subsequently excavated in May 2003. The larger of the two cists contained a male individual placed in a crouched position. Accompanying this burial were two barbed-and-tanged arrowheads, ten other lithic tools and fragments of a finely decorated Beaker pot.
The second cist was in a much poorer state of preservation, but contained an adult male accompanied by a single Beaker pot. Near the cists were several pits and ditches. However, these produced no artefacts to aid with dating and there was nothing to link these discoveries to the two cists.
Archive to be deposited in the NMRS.
Sponsor: Tulloch Homes Ltd.
G Brown 2003

June 2009 to July 2009
 ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Notes NH 656 414 and NH 675 422 A 5% evaluation was undertaken in June and July 2009 prior to development. Two areas of potential archaeological interest were uncovered. The first area was a probable old ground surface (OGS) and the other consisted of two areas of burning of unknown date and function. Two large trenches were opened over these areas to ascertain the extent, date and function of the features.
Trench 1, which was located over the burnt features, revealed palaeo-river channel deposits to the S and 13 features which included 5 postholes, 7 pits and a linear gully of unknown date. Two flint artefacts were also recovered. Trench 2 was excavated over the OGS. Again a probable palaeo-river channel was encountered as well as a series of 11 postholes, 8 pits, 2 linear features and 7 small areas of burning. One fragment of pot of probable prehistoric date and a fragment of flint were also recovered.
Archive: Highland Council SMR and RCAHMS (intended)
Funder: Highland Council
Maureen Kilpatrick – GUARD

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25 May 2010 to 17 June 2010
 EXCAVATION

Notes NH 656 414 A watching brief and excavation were undertaken
25 May–17 June 2010 focusing on the ground surrounding
the two areas that were excavated in 2009 (DES 2009, 100).
A total of 24 features were recorded including 21 pits and 3
postholes, which were all fully excavated. Four pits contained
fragments of prehistoric pot, one of which has been dated to
the Late Bronze Age, while others contained burnt material
including charcoal fragments, hazelnut shells and bone.
Archive: Highland Council SMR and RCAHMS (intended)
Funder: The Highland Council

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Books and References

Brown, G (2003d) 'Holm Mains Farm, Inverness (Inverness & Bona parish), short cists', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.4
Page(s): 87

Kilpatrick, M (2009b) 'Inverness Flood Relief Channel, Highland (Inverness and Bona parish), evaluation and excavation', Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.10 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.
Page(s): 100

Kilpatrick, M C (2010a) 'Inverness Flood Relief Channel, Highland (Inverness and Bona parish), watching brief and excavation', Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.11 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.
Page(s): 96

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