Lower Slackbuie, Inverness

DATE: Nov 2009

Client: GVA Grimley

In November 2009 GVA Grimley contacted NG Archaeology Services, on behalf of their client ASDA Ltd, to carry out a Trial Trenching programme at Lower Slackbuie, as in accordance with the agreed brief with the Highland Council. This programme noted a number of possible historic and definite prehistoric features across the site and, after the extent of these were noted the work moved to full excavation. It was decided to extend three key areas, each of which was geographically and geologically different from the others. In doing so further archaeology was uncovered and adjoining areas were excavated. This phase of work ceased on May 21st 2010.

The richness of the finds and the current understanding of the long period of time this site has seen pre-historic activity encourages the view that a Watching Brief during the Enabling Phase would be fruitful. This Watching Brief began in the last week of June, 2011 and was completed in Sept that year.

The site has produced significant material which without the fullest of support from ASDA Stores Ltd we would not have had the opportunity to analysis and date.

It is hoped that all the finds will be made public through the internet and that future and current archaeology students are also given a more realistic view of what happens on site with the inclusion of photographs of work in progress.