The land before symbol stones: a geophysical survey of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire and the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age structure near the Craw Stane, Barflat

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620711
Title:
The land before symbol stones: a geophysical survey of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire and the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age structure near the Craw Stane, Barflat
Authors:
Gondek, Meggen M.; Noble, Gordon; Ramsay, Susan; Sheridan, Alison
Abstract:
The Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project (REAP) was initiated in 2005 as a three year (Phase 1) programme of research and fieldwork based in and around the village of Rhynie; the main aim was to study the landscape context of an important group of Pictish symbol stones. Eight symbol stones are known from the village, including one, the Craw Stane, which is likely to be in its original position. A series of cropmark features have also been identified surrounding the ‘Craw Stane,’ and the substantial early medieval remains are set within an area rich with prehistoric monuments. This article outlines the results of geophysical survey and a small targeted excavation conducted in 2005-2006. The surveys included a substantial gradiometer and a smaller resistivity survey that aimed to characterise and explore the extent and survival of archaeology around the symbol stone findspots. The results showed several discrete anomalies; one of these was targeted by a small-scale excavation and proved to be a burnt Middle Bronze Age timber structure. The article highlights the survey and excavation within its landscape context and provides a summary excavation report with specialist reports for the MBA building.
Affiliation:
University of Chester; University of Aberdeen; Freelance archaeobotanical specialist (Susan-Ramsay.co.uk); National Museums of Scotland
Citation:
Gondek, M., & Noble, G. with contributions from Ramsay, S., & Sheridan, A. (2015). The land before symbol stones: a geophysical survey of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire and the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age structure near the Craw Stane, Barflat. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 145, 125-151. DOI: 10.5284/1000184
Publisher:
Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Journal:
Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Publication Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620711
DOI:
10.5284/1000184
Additional Links:
http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/psas/contents.cfm?vol=145&CFID=b7611017-cd1f-423b-ac4f-809c25f9f317&CFTOKEN=0
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0081-1564
Appears in Collections:
History and Archaeology

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dc.contributor.authorGondek, Meggen M.en
dc.contributor.authorNoble, Gordonen
dc.contributor.authorRamsay, Susanen
dc.contributor.authorSheridan, Alisonen
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-03T16:25:38Z-
dc.date.available2017-11-03T16:25:38Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationGondek, M., & Noble, G. with contributions from Ramsay, S., & Sheridan, A. (2015). The land before symbol stones: a geophysical survey of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire and the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age structure near the Craw Stane, Barflat. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 145, 125-151. DOI: 10.5284/1000184en
dc.identifier.issn0081-1564-
dc.identifier.doi10.5284/1000184-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620711-
dc.description.abstractThe Rhynie Environs Archaeological Project (REAP) was initiated in 2005 as a three year (Phase 1) programme of research and fieldwork based in and around the village of Rhynie; the main aim was to study the landscape context of an important group of Pictish symbol stones. Eight symbol stones are known from the village, including one, the Craw Stane, which is likely to be in its original position. A series of cropmark features have also been identified surrounding the ‘Craw Stane,’ and the substantial early medieval remains are set within an area rich with prehistoric monuments. This article outlines the results of geophysical survey and a small targeted excavation conducted in 2005-2006. The surveys included a substantial gradiometer and a smaller resistivity survey that aimed to characterise and explore the extent and survival of archaeology around the symbol stone findspots. The results showed several discrete anomalies; one of these was targeted by a small-scale excavation and proved to be a burnt Middle Bronze Age timber structure. The article highlights the survey and excavation within its landscape context and provides a summary excavation report with specialist reports for the MBA building.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSociety of Antiquaries of Scotlanden
dc.relation.urlhttp://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archives/view/psas/contents.cfm?vol=145&CFID=b7611017-cd1f-423b-ac4f-809c25f9f317&CFTOKEN=0en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectArchaeologyen
dc.subjectPictishen
dc.subjectExcavationen
dc.subjectBronze Ageen
dc.subjectGeophysicsen
dc.subjectPictish stonesen
dc.titleThe land before symbol stones: a geophysical survey of Rhynie, Aberdeenshire and the excavation of a Middle Bronze Age structure near the Craw Stane, Barflaten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; University of Aberdeen; Freelance archaeobotanical specialist (Susan-Ramsay.co.uk); National Museums of Scotlanden
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotlanden
dc.date.accepted2014-01-30-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland, Rosemary Cramp Fund, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Aberdeenshire Archaeology Serice, Historic Scotland, Universityof Aberdeen, University of Chesteren
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRO1 codes not available.en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
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