MHG10900 - Short Cist - Dunrobin Park


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Type and Period (1)

  • SHORT CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

(NC 8465 0070) Cist (NR) OS 25"map, (1967)

A short cist which was exposed during gravel-digging in a moraine hummock on 24th March 1880, and contained a crouched skeleton, a beaker, 118 shale beads, 18 quartzose beach-rolled pebbles and three flints.
The cist, unpaved, measures 4ft by 2ft 4ins by 2ft 3ins deep internally and lies at a depth of 2ft 2ins. The E end-slab has been removed.
The skeleton, of a brachycephalic young woman, lay on its right side with the beaker (Clarke's No 1784: N/NR Group), 7ins high, behind the head and the three flints, one a scraper, another pointed and the third with a sharp cutting edge, near the breast (Joass 1885). The beads, only six of which are perforated, are described as being about 1/3 inch in diameter, and the size and thickness of a threepenny bit' (Joass 1885), and appear to comprise o'a partially complete, single-string necklace (Callander 1916). They lay at the heels of the skeleton with the pebbles, 2ins long, nearby.
The beaker is in Dunrobin Museum (Acc No: 1880.2) as are 'shale objects' which were found 'near trial holes on the cist mound at Dunrobin Park' (Information from TS of Catalogue of Dunrobin Museum by A S Henshall), probably in 1882 (Acc No: 1882.2-9).
Cist surveyed at 1:2500 (OS {E G C} 7 April 1962).
J M Joass 1885; 1904; J Abercromby 1904; 1912; RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909; J G Callander 1916; D L Clarke 1970; Information contained in letter from J M Joass to J Abercromby 1904. <1> <2> <3> <4> <5> <6>

The cist, as described, is still exposed in the face of the old quarry into the gravel mound, which is now afforested. The beaker and twelve 'shale objects' are on display in Dunrobin Museum.
Visited by OS (N K B) 15 June 1976.

Photographs of the cist were submitted to the HER by a participant in a Community Timelines course, run by ARCH, in 2010. A photograph of the beaker, now on display in Dunrobin Museum, was also submitted. <7>

The beaker was catalogued during an inventory of Dunrobin Castle Museum's collection in 2019 by ARCH. Listed under Acc. No. 1880.2. It is on display in case 28, shelf C. The 'shale objects' described above were also noted, listed under Acc. No. 1882.2-9 and on display in case 22 shelf D. <8>

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Grid reference Centred NC 8465 0070 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC80SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish GOLSPIE

Finds (8)

  • UNIDENTIFIED OBJECT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • SCRAPER (TOOL) (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • BEAKER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • RING (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • DISC (Bronze Age - 2400 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • BEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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