At the start of 2015, emergency excavation was undertaken on behalf of NHS Highland on the site of the new, £1.5 million health centre.

Amidst time constraints and freezing winter conditions, AOC Archaeology’s new office sent out a team to the Drumnadrochit site after workers uncovered human remains in a cist during site clearance.

The discovery of this prehistoric site, situated between two rivers on the low-lying plain of Urquhart Bay off Loch Ness, was a rare find for the area where little is known about prehistoric occupation.

The cist, which contained the well-preserved remains of a crouched inhumation burial, was recorded and excavated in time for site clearance to continue on schedule. During excavation of the cist, the team identified the shallow remains of a second possible burial pit containing the fragments of a decorated Beaker pot and a rare find of a stone wrist guard.

They did not expect that! - BUt the cist burial is fenced off, excavated and the construction carries on around the archaeology.
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They did not expect that! – BUt the cist burial is fenced off, excavated and the construction carries on around the archaeology.