We undertake numerous small scale archaeological watching briefs prior to development and are happy to work with all clients, small and large.
One such watching brief was completed at Wester Yardhouse in South Lanarkshire. Archaeological monitoring of the groundbreaking works relating to the re-development of existing farm buildings yielded little of archaeological significance. The development had an archaeological planning condition placed upon it by the West of Scotland Archaeology Service and preliminary desk based research showed this to be the site of an earlier farm, as marked on General Roy’s Military of Scotland Survey, a map of c.1745. However, no structural remains or evidence for cut foundations were encountered, as such foundations were also lacking with the still upstanding remains.
The few finds, of post-medieval and 19th century date, were unstratified. The area is generally known for prehistoric burial remains and a small burial cairn, said to have contained a short cist and beaker, had been extant immediately to the south of the proposed development site prior to its destruction in about 1870 (NT05SW 11). Despite this no prehistoric artefacts were recovered during the present archaeological works.
Upon completion of the watching brief we promptly submitted the report to the planning authorities and ensured the development could continue unhindered.