An archaeological evaluation was undertaken in relation to the proposed construction of a Hydro Power Scheme at Dowally Burn. The area proposed for development and subject to the evaluation comprised 0.89 hectares (8,900m²) and consisted of one large field, immediately to the south of Dowally village and adjacent to the A9.
The evaluation was commissioned in order to assess the survival of any archaeological remains, in particular anecdotal evidence relating to a cairn and cist recorded in the 19th century New Statistical Account. This document described the removal of a cairn, which revealed a stone ‘coffin’, with further ‘coffins’ recorded in the vicinity.
In total twenty linear trenches were laid out across the site to test the survival of archaeological remains. No archaeologically important features or deposits were encountered - other than the remains of a 1956 Wolsey motor car buried in a large pit!
A subsequent watching brief on specifically targeted areas revealed the possible remnants of the cairn structure, but too little survived to be of certain archaeological interest.