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ID:MHG44025
Type of record:Monument
Name:Human remains, Bronze Age Beaker Burial - Craig-na-Feich, Achavanich
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Illustration of the Achavanich short-necked beaker (photo by Highland Regional Council)  © Highland CouncilGeneral view prior to excavation (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilInterior detail prior to excavation (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilInterior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilInterior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) - closer up (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilInterior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilCapstone and slates - from above (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilGeneral view - after clearance of surrounding rubble (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilTop slates - removed (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - general view (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilCapstone - from above (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilCist - interior showing flint (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilCist - interior showing flint (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilDetail of interior after capstone has been removed (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilDetail of interior after capstone has been removed (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilDetail of interior after capstone has been removed (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - after removal of capstone and front stone (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilDetail of interior after capstone has been removed - close up view (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilDetail of interior after capstone has been removed - close up view (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - interior (showing position of bones) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - interior (showing position of bones) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - after excavation (capstone, frontstone and inhumation removed) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - after excavation (capstone, frontstone and inhumation removed) (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilBurial cist - after excavation (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilCist - interior excavated, from above (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilExcavated cist from above (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilExcavated cist - general view (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilExcavated cist - general view (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilSite of burial cist: stone cut rock hole (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland CouncilSite of burial cist: stone cut rock hole (photo by Robert Gourlay)  © Highland Council

Reports

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Grid Reference:ND 1783 4333
Map Sheet:ND14SE
Civil Parish:LATHERON
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG44025
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND14SE0012

Full description

Thumbnail Photo - shows cist during 1987 excavation.

Cist reported 2.1987 to Bob Gourlay HC archaeologist and subsequently part excavated, photos etc within SMR records.
Gourlay int rep: during the extraction of rock for road improvements skull identified… remains of cist of early BA type containing human & other remains.
The beaker: desc see sketch " decoration applied with various instruments - this one using the teeth of a bone comb with teeth marks clearly visible. The contents of the beaker were analysed, preliminary results suggest that it contained prepared cereal a coarse mixture of barley & oats (a thin porridge or gruel?), honey, added flowers & fruit, including meadowsweet, bramble & wood sage, the sap of birch & alder trees.
Also found were three small pieces of flint, 2 are simple flakes the third is a tiny thumb nail scraper.
Bones identified as young woman 18-20 yrs. C 5'5" in height. Her skull was exceptionally broad & short. An exceptionally tight crouched burial - HAW 3/2004


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - after excavation (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4308.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - after excavation (capstone, frontstone and inhumation removed) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4306.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - after excavation (capstone, frontstone and inhumation removed) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4307.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - after removal of capstone and front stone (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4301.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - interior (showing position of bones) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4304.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Burial cist - interior (showing position of bones) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4305.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Capstone - from above (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4295.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Capstone and slates - from above (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4292.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Cist - interior excavated, from above (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4310.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Cist - interior showing flint (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4296.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Cist - interior showing flint (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4297.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Detail of interior after capstone has been removed (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4298.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Detail of interior after capstone has been removed (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4299.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Detail of interior after capstone has been removed (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4300.


Gorurlay, R, 1987, Detail of interior after capstone has been removed - close up view (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4302.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Detail of interior after capstone has been removed - close up view (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4303.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Excavated cist - general view (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4312.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Excavated cist - general view (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4313.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Excavated cist from above (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4311.


Gourlay, R, 1987, General view - after clearance of surrounding rubble (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4293.


Gourlay, R, 1987, General view prior to excavation (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4287.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Interior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4289.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Interior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4291.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Interior - after removal of skull (for safety reasons) - closer up (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4290.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Interior detail prior to excavation (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4288.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Site of burial cist - stone cut rock hole (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4314.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Site of burial cist: stone cut rock hole (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4315.


Highland Regional Council, 1987, 'The Achnavanich Cist Burial', Highland Council Archaeology Guide (Text/Publication/Article). SHG2993.


Gourlay, R, 1987, Top slates - removed (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG4294.


Gourlay B, 1988, A Bronze Age Beaker from Achnavanich (Text/Manuscript). SHG2279.

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