Aberdeen City HER - NO89NW0001 - NORMANDYKES

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Primary ReferenceNO89NW0001
NRHE Card No.NO89NW1
NRHE Numlink 37075
HES SM No. 2478
Site Form Earthwork
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of a Roman marching camp. The site of this Roman Camp, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, lies on top of the broad hill above the old ford across the River Dee. No traces of the west, south, and east sides of the camp can be seen in cultivated fields. On the east side, a mutilated earth bank, with a slight ditch on its east side, runs northwards along the edge of the wood to its northeast corner. This bank appears to continue south-westwards from the bend following the edge of the wood, and it therefore may be a later plantation bank. From the northeast corner, a broad bank with a ditch on its north side, runs westwards along the edge of the wood. Here, the bank is 6.0m wide and c.2.0m high, with a flat top c.3.0m broad; the ditch is 4.0m wide. The bank deteriorates as it runs westwards and assumes the appearance of a plantation bank as it approaches the NW corner of the wood. The site was excavated in 1935 by I A Richmond and J MacIntyre (Richmond 1936) when it was thought to be probably Antonine or Severan in date. It has six gates defended by tituli (St Joseph 1958). Archaeological investigation was carried out by Scotia Archaeology in 2006 following damage resulting from timber extraction in very wet conditions early that year. A trench was excavated along the damaged track which ran parallel to and a few metres north of a drystone dyke. A total of 35 possible features were recorded, of which 14 were concluded to be stone voids, and two others of probably recent origin. Features of achaeological significance comprised 5 or 6 post-pits (two with post pipes visible), a kiln, and at least 12 hearths of varying complexity. Many of the hearths were probably only the remnants of small fires, but three were more complex. The kiln was probably an industrial feature, although it had been truncated and damaged by ploughing and its exact function remains unknown.
Last Update03/03/2020
Updated Bycpalmer
Date of Compilation13/09/2017

Easting: 382976.219463735, Northing: 799400.024413451

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National Grid Reference: NO 8297 9940

Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
2006 Excavation

Excavations and Surveys

Artefact and Ecofact


Samples Charcoal samples taken 2006 for possible radicarbon dating.
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