A Medieval bloomery mound in Glen Docherty, Kinlochewe, Highland

Johnson, M., Photos-Jones, E. and Hickman, S. (2006) A Medieval bloomery mound in Glen Docherty, Kinlochewe, Highland. Scottish Archaeological Journal, 28(2), pp. 125-149. (doi: 10.3366/E147157670700006X)

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An iron-working bloomery mound was excavated by CFA Archaeology Ltd in 2004 at the head of Glen Docherty, near Kinlochewe, Achnasheen, Highland. A mound of waste material was excavated and dated to the 15th–17th centuries on the basis of radiocarbon analysis. A solidified bed of ferruginous deposit was revealed during the bloomery mound excavations but was found to be of an earlier date (1050–1285 AD). There was no further evidence for metalworking installations. A charcoal-burning platform was also excavated in Glen Docherty in 2005 and radiocarbon dated to the 15th–17th centuries. The above provide evidence for a long involvement with iron making in this part of the western Highlands and prior to the 17th century when the area, and the north shore of Loch Maree in particular, became known as the location for the installation of the first charcoal-operated blast furnace in Scotland.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Photos-Jones, Dr Effie
Authors: Johnson, M., Photos-Jones, E., and Hickman, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Scottish Archaeological Journal
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-2028

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