Iron Age occupation evidence from Port Lobh, Colonsay (Scottish Inner Hebrides)

Finlay, N. , Campbell, E. , Ceron-Carrasco, R., Housley, R., Huggett, J. and Smith, C. (2019) Iron Age occupation evidence from Port Lobh, Colonsay (Scottish Inner Hebrides). Scottish Archaeological Journal, 41(1), pp. 119-123. (doi: 10.3366/saj.2019.0111)

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Evidence of a new Iron Age occupation site is presented from a site located at the southern edge of a former tidal estuary in western Colonsay. A radiocarbon date of between the 1st–2nd centuries BC is significant in a regional context, being the first of this period from the island. Recovered burnt occupation debris includes cattle bone, marine (limpet and periwinkle) shell and ceramics along with a terrestrial snail shell and carbonised macroplant assemblage. The site was identified from geophysical survey (magnetometry and resistivity) focused at an earlier 5th–4th millennia BC shell midden. The discovery highlights the value of alternative field techniques and looking beyond fortified sites to find more elusive settlement evidence.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Fieldwork was funded by small grants to NF from the British Academy (SG40312) and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Finlay, Dr Nyree and Campbell, Dr Ewan and Huggett, Dr Jeremy
Authors: Finlay, N., Campbell, E., Ceron-Carrasco, R., Housley, R., Huggett, J., and Smith, C.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Scottish Archaeological Journal
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-2028
Published Online:01 February 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Glasgow Archaeological Society
First Published:First published in Scottish Archaeological Journal 41(1): 119-123
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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