Steven Birch will present results from an archaeological evaluation including a watching brief and excavation carried out at the site of the new Broadford Medical Centre at High Road, Broadford, Isle of Skye, between the 25 July and 20 August 2011. The evaluation recovered a wide range of features including a stone-lined grave/cist, grain storage pits, a grain-drying kiln, a stone-lined souterrain, and a stone spread including a capstone-covered drain. Additional prehistoric features included pits and post-holes and potential evidence for early forest clearance, while stone-filled field drains and a drystone wall bordering High Road relate to later agricultural improvements and the formal layout of the road leading to Corry Lodge – with more recent access to the MacKinnon Memorial Hospital. The stone-lined cist was radiocarbon dated to the Early Bronze Age, while the wide range of features relating to the processing of grain including drying and storage date to the Iron Age.
Venue: Tigh na Sgire, Park Lane, Portree. Charge for non-members. Further details from Portree Local History Society Facebook pages. Wheelchair accessible.
Portree Local History Society