Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project



The Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project is a community-based archaeological research project that focuses on the history and archaeology of the Royal Burgh of Cromarty from the burgh's foundation around 1266 AD to 1880 AD. Through a programme of events, training and excavation, the project will provide opportunities for the children, youth and adults of Cromarty and the Black Isle (and visitors!) to engage with their heritage by discovering and learning more about the origins of the town.



The heart of this project is in the local community. Without the drive and enthusiasm of volunteers and visitors, this project would not have been possible. 

Special thanks to the Cromarty Courthouse Museum for their help and cooperation.

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The project is grateful for the permission of John Nightingale for allowing us to dig on the site in 2014 and 2015.



The Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Archaeology Project is grateful to the support from our funders, who are enabling a 3 year programme of excavations, 2014-2016:

The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Art Fund and the Headley Trust

The Cromarty Trust

The Highland Council Black Isle Ward

Hunter Archaeological & Historical Trust



The Cromarty Medieval Burgh Community Project started with a pilot study in 2013, which was made possible by grants from:

Archaeology Scotland                     Black Isle Engineering Services        Catherine Mackichan Trust      

Cromarty Firth Port Authority        The Cromarty Trust                         Global Energy Nigg Limited            

The Highland Council                     Hunter Archaeological Trust            Nigg Energy Park             


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Special thanks to NOSAS and ARCH for the loan of equipment and to the Cromarty Arts Trust for providing the use of the Cromarty Stables.