MHG10072 - Macehead, Airdens


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A highly polished and beautifully ornamented hammer of hornstone was found when clearing out a ditch at Airdens (NH 624 938). It was in the possession of Donald MacKenzie, Inland Revenue, Bonar Bridge in 1909, and in February 1912 was sold at Sotheby's for $105, the purchaser being the Marquis of Bute who presented it to NMAS in March 1912. It is of a very rare type, comparative examples coming from Morayshire, Staffordshire and Wales.
J Anderson 1909; The Antiquary 1912; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1912

No further information found during field investigation.
Visited by OS (W D J) 8 June 1963.

Implement reclassified as a faceted macehead of light-coloured flint.
F Roe 1968.

Acquired by the NMS in 1912. Listed under Acc. No. AH 139. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6239 9380 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH69SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish CREICH

Finds (1)

  • MACE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC)

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