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Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland


Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds have been made during work to construct the new Inverness West Link road.

Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Archaeologists Mary Peteranna, Lindsey Stirling and Dan Maclean at work at Torvean 
[Credit: AOC Archaeology]
Pottery fragments and the remains of kilns used for drying grain were among discoveries made at Torvean.

Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Archaeologists Sam Williamson and Steve Worth at work excavating a Bronze Age burnt mound 
[Credit: AOC Archaeology]
Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
A possible Bronze Age burnt mound [Credit: AOC Archaeology]
Archaeologists who have been monitoring the building of the West Link displayed some of the items at Lochardil Primary School last week.

The new road is being built for Highland Council to ease traffic flow through Inverness. The finds include Bronze Age burnt mounds.

Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Archaeologist Sam Williamson excavating a grain-drying kiln at Torvean [Credit: AOC Archaeology]
Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Burnt grains and timbers found while excavating a grain-drying kiln at Torvean [Credit: AOC Archaeology]
The mounds are large piles of burnt waste, often including ashy deposits and stones that have been shattered by heat.

They are usually horseshoe-shaped and found close to streams, and archaeologists say that they are the product of repeated events of burning.

Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Decorated Neolithic pottery found at Torvean [Credit: AOC Archaeology]
Roadworks reveal Prehistoric and Bronze Age finds in Scotland
Prehistoric pottery fragments [Credit: AOC Archaeology]
The mounds are connected to the heating up of stones which were then placed in water-filled pits to heat water, possibly for use in cooking, washing wool or even as small saunas.

Source: BBC News Website [November 23, 2016]
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