EHG5055 - Excavation - Culdoich cairn, Clava.

Technique(s)

RESEARCH EXCAVATION, TRIAL TRENCH

Organisation

Stuart Piggott

Date

1953

Description

A small-scale excavation was carried out by S Piggott at the Culdoich Cairn at Clava in 1953. This was in pursuance of the excavation policy outlined by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland after the Second World War whereby regional types of monument classes should be selected for excavation as representatives of their type where evidence for their date and culture were lacking. Excavation of the greater part of the inner area showed that undisturbed deposits remained in situ. It was revealed that the original clay surface itself had, in the centre, a roughly circular area of about 7 ft. diameter heavily impregnated with charcoal and scattered cremated human bones. Other more sparsely scattered cremated bone fragments, unaccompanied by charcoal, extended out to the enclosing stones. No databale artefacts were found. <1> A report on the analysis of the cremated bone was produced by F.P. Lisowski. <2>

Sources/Archives (2)

Map

Location

Location Clava
Grid reference Centred NH 7511 4378 (6m by 5m)
Map sheet NH74SE
Civil Parish DAVIOT AND DUNLICHITY
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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