Horse Engine House, 3-4 Brunstane Farm Steading

Client: Caledonian Trust Ltd.

Planning permission with conditions including the requirement for archaeological work had been approved for the construction of the development at Brunstane Farm Steadings. NG Archaeology Services were contacted by the client to consider the archaeological requirements for the horse engine house.

The initial phase of work focused on the material remaining within the footprint of the horse engine house. Significant archaeology was noted and this was surveyed and recorded.

We managed to conclude that the phases in the archaeology observed directly correlated with the increase of developments in agricultural technologies during the late 19th-20th Century, where there was the shift from horse-power to machinery for milling.

In 2019 we returned to site for further excavations relating to the House outbuildings, uncovering many buildings of varying construction dates whose presence had been unknown!