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'Bronze Age' cremation urn at Fortrose housing site

Fortrose. Pic: Undiscovered Scotland
Image caption The find was made on land next to the village of Fortrose

An ancient cremation urn has been found by archaeologists surveying a site earmarked for a housing project.

The team from Headland Archaeology believe the object uncovered at Fortrose dates from the Bronze Age.

Developer Tulloch Homes, which has planning consent to build 156 properties on the land, commissioned the survey.

Further excavations will be done under the supervision of Highland Council's archaeology officer.

A spokesman for Tulloch Homes said: "It is the most significant find in their initial dig and the urn has been removed from the site for more detailed examination.

"Further archaeological excavation at the Fortrose site will be undertaken at a later stage under the supervision of Highland Council's archaeology officer.

"However, the land earmarked for the first two phases of our housing development has been investigated by the dig team and has been designated clear.

"Thus, the start of work on the development will not be delayed. These first phases contain the affordable housing element of the project, 16 houses and 16 flats, for which there is great local demand."

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