The Draft Orders and Environmental Statement for the A9 Dualling Killiecrankie to Glen Garry project were published in November 2017. Following concerns about impact on the battlefield at Killiecrankie, archaeological investigations identified in the Environmental Statement were brought forward.
The investigations, which were undertaken in June 2018, comprised geophysical survey, metal detecting and trial trenching. No archaeological remains were identified within the road line by the geophysical survey whilst the trial trenching also did not identify any archaeological remains. This included the possible burial pits which were confirmed to be natural features.
A total of 18 hectares were surveyed as part of the metal detecting and 1,432 metal objects were found, 33 of which may relate to the battle and include lead shot, buckles and horseshoes.
The three reports completed as part of the investigations are available below.
In addition the reports, Transport Scotland and our design consultants Jacobs UK Ltd have prepared an online Geographic Information System (GIS) platform which brings together in one place the mapped locations of the archaeological investigations at Killiecrankie Battlefield undertaken in 2003, 2015, 2016 and 2018. It also shows the A9 Dualling proposals in the area, including the design refinements on display at the Public Information Events on 31 October and 01 November 2018.
The platform also illustrates an analysis of the battlefield’s topography, the understanding of choreography of the battle and areas of previously disturbed land which is based on a review of aerial photography, local information and walkover surveys.
There's an instructions ‘i’ icon on the top right of the page to help navigate the platform, and the legend gives an explanation of the visible layers which can be turned on and off.