MHG10070 - Plough Share, Swordale


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An iron plough-share was found with a steatite vessel at Swardale (Swordale: NH 617 913) near Bonar Bridge in September 1880.
Grieg (1940) dates the plough-share to the Viking period but Fenton (1965) suggests that it could be a native type dating from the period 2nd century AD to 10th century AD, possibly with Irish affinities.
It was in Dunrobin Castle Museum (Acc No: 1878.1) until 1967-8, when it was transferred to the NMAS (Information from TS of Catalogue of Dunrobin Museum, by A S Henshall).
The 'steatite vessel' may be the lamp, 5.2ins diameter and 3.1ins high, from Swordale which is still in Dunrobin Museum (Acc No: 1879.2).
S Greig 1940; A Fenton 1965; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1969.

The ploughshare is listed in the NMS catalogue under Acc. No IL 745 and described with wedge-shaped flange on the two long sides and much corroded. <1>

MHG10070 and MHG14242 appear to be duplicate records, one for the iron plough share (this record) and one for the steatite vessel (MHG14242). Both have the two finds attached as records however. GW 20/04/20

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Grid reference Centred NH 6170 9130 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH69SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CREICH

Finds (2)

  • PLOUGH (Late Iron Age to Norse - 2 AD to 1300 AD)
  • VESSEL (Undated)

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