Recent research by archaeologists suggests that the metalworking site in Moray may have served the Caledonians in their fight against the Romans. The place is located near the town of Elgin in northern Scotland.
Researchers referred to the site as the “Lochinver mine”. Numerous suddenly abandoned houses and other structures were discovered at the site of the excavation. According to scientists, one of the reasons for the sudden flight of people living and working in this centre could be the Roman offensive led by Agricola and the victory at Mons Grapius in 83 CE. Living and working people could, fearing the advances of the Romans in a hurry, destroy and leave the place. It is also possible that the Romans themselves reached the site and destroyed the metallurgical centre.
In Lochinver, researchers found numerous traces of burned logs, abandoned charcoal pits and ore pits that were ready for use. Two buried cauldrons were also found.
According to scientists, Lochinver could be in use for up to 2,000 years from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.