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ARO40: Achnahaird Sands by Achiltibuie, Highland

ARO40: Achnahaird Sands by Achiltibuie, Highland

By Stuart Farrell

With contributions by Torben Bjarke Ballin, Beverley Ballin Smith, Ruby CerĂ³n-Carrasco, Ray Chadburn, Adrian Cox, Amanda Forster, Dennis Gallagher, Derek Hall, Mhairi Hastie, Nicholas Holmes, Frances Ross and Catherine Smith

Achnahaird Sands near Achiltibuie on the north-west coast of Ross-shire was excavated in 2000. Two buildings, dated to the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century with an enclosure wall, were revealed along with a pave area and a possible hearth for metalworking. Finds included pottery, metalwork,coins, stone and bone are contemporary. Lithic artefacts and those of steatite point to earlier uses of the area.

Key words: Post-medieval buildings, enclosure, metal artefacts, steatite artefacts, coins, pottery.

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