Burnhervie to Old Rayne Near Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
CFA were commissioned by Scottish Gas Networks to undertake construction phase archaeological works during the building of a high pressure natural gas pipeline running from Burnhervie to Old Rayne in Aberdeen. The works consisted of a watching brief undertaken during soil stripping operations and subsequent mitigation works relating to the features uncovered.
CFA staff and management were the first choice for Scottish Gas Networks as we were a known and trusted contractor to them having provided archaeological support on numerous previous High Pressure Gas Pipelines.
During the watching brief eight individual archaeological sites were identified. These consisted of pits that were mainly prehistoric in date and in two circumstances ring ditch features that may have represented the remains of prehistoric houses. Due to the ongoing construction works CFA had to react quickly to the discoveries and archaeological excavation teams had to be mobilised often with only 2 days notice. CFA complied with these tight timescales and no delays to the construction work were caused by the archaeological works.