MHG1708 - Cemetery, Ha' of Duncansby


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Type and Period (1)

  • CEMETERY (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Flint Axe found 1856 (NAT) OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

'A great many skulls' and a flint axe were dug up from the subsoil when this site was first brought into cultivation 'about 16 years ago' (ie. About 1857). It is locally supposed to have been a Norse burial ground or the site of a battle. (See ND37SE 9 for flint-working site to N.) Name Book 1873. <1>

Locally the tradition of the site being that of a battle was confirmed, otherwise no further information. The site is in an arable field. Visited by OS (J B) 6 May 1982.

'Human Remains and Flint Axe found here A.D.1856' marked on 1st edition Ordnance Survey mapping. <2>

No further information is available on the find of a 'brooch' attached to this record. <3>

The findspot of the human remains and flint axehead may be inaccurate, given that they were found so long ago and the gap between their discovery and their being record in the OS Name Book. It seems likely that the human remains actually relate to the burial ground discovered in 1989 less than 100m to the north west (MHG39354). This area is depicted on the 1st edition OS map as a one single field and the exact findspot from within this field could therefore easily have been wrongly reported. In addition, geophysical survey and trial trenching around the early findspot location by AOC in 2011 found nothing of archaeological significance, further supporting the likihood that the findspot of the human remains was further to the north. GW 18/01/19

Sources/Archives (4)



Grid reference Centred ND 3794 7316 (20m by 20m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND37SE
Civil Parish CANISBAY
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (1)

  • BROOCH? (Undated)

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