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Exploring Castle Hill, Ardrossan - Trench E
Trench E – set on the southeastern slopes of the hill examining a ‘mound’ mapped on historic Ordnance Survey maps. Most of this mound has been removed by road construction, the Trench located fabric from another lte 19th century path and levelling up material (all the stones) suggesting the dip between the hill and the mound used to be more pronounced. Bedrock exposed in the side of the mound showed at its core was a bedrock outcrop. Within the mound material, a fragment of post medieval reduced ware pottery was recovered, suggesting a late 16th to 17th cent date for some of the activity here.
Exploring Castle Hill is part of a Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Project being led by Northlight Heritage for Garnock Connections. The Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. The excavations were carried out by Rathmell Archaeology & Ardrossan Castle Heritage Society.