MHG14125 - BA Cist, Craigscorrie


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

In January 1925, a Bronze Age cist was unearthed near the eastern edge of a rocky, wooden knoll, on the summit of a slight ridge. Its presence was suspected by the protrusion of a slab of conglomerate 4' square and 1'3" thick, which, when lifted proved to be the cover stone of an oval-shaped grave cut into the rock. It was 7' long, 4' wide and from 2' - 3' deep. The grave, which was full of gravelling soil, contained the remains of an incompletely incinerated human skeleton, the skull lying near the N end, facing E; the fragments of a bronze blade with midribs and grooves either side, but of too indeterminate a nature to say definitely whether they represent a dagger or a halberd (V G Childe 1944); a barbed and stemmed flint arrowhead, and a flint knife. The flints were calcined, but the bronze appeared not to have been through the fire. (The finds are now in the NMAS.)
J G Callender 1925

NH 5031 4522. All that remains of this cist is a slight depression 2.2m long, 1.3m wide and 0.3m deep. The slab 1.3m square and 0.4m thick, noted by Callander, lies at the side of the depression. Site surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (N K B) 22 December 1964

(NH 5031 4522) Bronze Age Burial found 1925 (NAT)
OS 1:10,000 map, (1974)

The dagger is EBA (J M Coles 1971) and the flint knife is plano-convex. A S Henshall 1968.

(Bronze dagger of Armorico-British B or Cressingham type). Seven fragments of dagger with well-defined midrib flanked by hollow and cast groove on upper part of blade; towards tip midrib turns into central ridge with diamond-shaped section. Present length 12.3cm, present width 4.1cm. Associations: barbed-and-tanged flint arrowhead; plano-convex flint knife. NMAS EQ 366.
S Gerloff 1975.

This dagger was catalogued and photographed as part of the North Kessock & District Local History Society and Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) collaborative 'Feats of Clay' Project, which was focused on Bronze Age metalworking around the Moray Firth. It was assigned an Early Bronze Age date. <1>

Finds are listed in the NMS catalogue under Acc. Nos. EQ 365- EQ 368. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5031 4521 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54NW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (4)

  • BARBED AND TANGED ARROWHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • KNIFE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • DAGGER? (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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