Blast from the past

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A surprising discovery has been made in a field earmarked for development as sports pitches on the outskirts of Carnoustie.

What appears to be the remains of an ancient settlement were uncovered at a field adjacent to Carnoustie High School during an archaeological evaluation of the site as part of plans to put in new football pitches.

Experts from Glasgow firm Guard Archaeology have been called in by Angus Council and started work on Monday to discover the extent and historical relevance of the find. So far the archaeologists have discovered what appears to be an elliptical-shaped dwelling and possibly a cooking pit, but there is still a huge amount of work to be done on the three-week project.

Alan Hunter Blair, site director for Guard Archaeology, said: “I’d say what we have found so far is probably a Bronze Age roundhouse domestic dwelling.

“There are numerous other circular and sub-circular pits or post-holes that may form ancillary structures used for things like storage or livestock.

“There have also been a number of fair-sized pits with charcoal-rich fills which may be cooking pits and these are distributed around the domestic dwelling.

“From inside the domestic dwelling numerous fragments of prehistoric pottery and other coarse stone implements have been recovered.”

These include a rubbing stone and a saddle quern which was used to hand-grind cereals into flour.

Pottery recovered from the site three weeks ago has been identified in the Guard Archaeology lab as being from the Bronze Age.

Alan continued: “That’s not to say there are features associated with activities from other time periods. It is early days yet.

“As the site develops it could become ever more interesting.”

Pictured are archaeologists at work on the dig near Carnoustie High School. The dark elliptical lines indicate the presence of a structure, possibly a dwelling.

The dark earth circle is possibly a cooking pit.

UPDATE: It is understood that the remains of an iron Age village have also been uncovered at the site.