Northlight Heritage was commissioned by Clan Macfarlane Worldwide to undertake a walkover survey of Arrochar parish, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, in the spring of 2016 in order to shed light on the history and archaeology of their traditional clan territory. The survey was undertaken by members of the local community, the Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists (ACFA) and students from the University of Glasgow and was led by Northlight Heritage.
A total of 88 sites were identified, the majority of which were new. The new sites were rapidly recorded and included 22 single house/barn/byre sites, 21 single shielings or groups of shielings, 9 farmsteads consisting of groups of more than one structure, four earth or stone banks, three possible mills, three building platforms, three clearance cairns, two enclosures, two concrete platforms, two kilns, two bridges, two knocking stones and two sheepfolds. Earth banks and areas of rig and furrow were common features in the landscape but were generally not recorded unless they were associated with a structure.
The most significant discoveries included a possible 16th century almshouse built by a Macfarlane clan chief on the banks of Loch Lomond (Site 28) and three probably 18th century farmsteads. Two of these farmsteads were in Glen Douglas and have been identified as Greitnein (Site 18) and Gartanfearn (Site 22). A farmstead at the N end of Loch Lomond was identified as Tighfurl (Site 58). The remains of a possible 18th century mill at Camas nan Clais (Site 44/46) were also discovered. An excavation of one of these sites is planned for the spring of 2017.
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