17th-Century Fort Uncovered on Scottish Island

17th-Century Fort Uncovered on Scottish Island
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17th-Century Fort Uncovered on Scottish Island

17th-Century Fort Uncovered on Scottish Island
A stone wall almost 3m thick has been found in Stornoway

During construction work in Lewis, the remains of a 17th-century garrison were uncovered.

Archaeologists believe it was built on the orders of Oliver Cromwell and that English soldiers were billeted there for almost a decade.

A stone wall almost 3m (10ft) thick and 2m (6ft) high was discovered during work to add an extension to a Stornoway Port Authority office.

The work at Amity House on Esplanade Quay has been postponed.

Stornoway Port Authority is looking at how best the archaeology can be preserved.

Mary Peteranna, of AOC Archaeology, said, “We have uncovered one section of a substantial wall surviving up to 1.5m high.

“The wall face is very well-built and comprised a battered or slightly sloping outer face. This, together with its breadth of about 2m, tells us that it’s not just a building wall.

“The structure was built for a more substantial purpose, and we believe it formed part of the Cromwellian defensive rampart.”


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Jessica Saraceni has been a part of Histecho Since 2018, drawn to the site for its quirky character and through Articles about the Mysteries of earth and human behavior. previously, she was an assistant editor and Research fellow at Archaeology magazine, where she gained an appreciation for the field work. A master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental science from the Center for Archaeological Research, the University of Texas at San Antonio. She enjoys all forms of exercise; reading works by her favorite author, Haruki Murakami; and playing with her sons.