Neolithic and Bronze Age finds at Inverness

Archaeologists discovered pottery fragments, mounds and the remains of kilns used for drying grain while monitoring the building of the West Link, a road built to ease traffic flow through Inverness, Scotland.

Documentation of a Bronze Age mound (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)
Documentation of a Bronze Age mound (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)

The excavated Bronze Age mounds are large piles of burnt waste, including ashy deposits and stones that have been shattered by heat. The structures 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.

Discovery of burnt grains at kiln (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)
Discovery of burnt grains at kiln (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)

Within the kilns burnt remains of grain were found. These finds indicate that the structures were used for grain-drying. Other finds include Neolithic decorated pottery.

Neolithic pottery (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)
Neolithic pottery (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)
Grain drying kiln (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)
Grain drying kiln (by AOC Archaeology via BBC News)

(after BBC News & AOC Archaeology)

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