MHG21583 - BA Hoard, Highfield
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Type and Period (1)
- CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- None recorded
NH55SW 33 c. 52 51
Hoard, found when removing large cairn of stones; hoard itself had been placed on flat stone and covered by other stones. Given to Museum of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1781.
(1016. Socketed axe of Highfield type). Socketed axe, smooth, slightly pitted, green, trimmed, long haft ribs inside. Length 100mm, mouth 26 x 29mm, cutting edge 58mm, weight 395 gms. NMAS DQ 85.
(1017. Socketed axe of Highfield type). Socketed axe, smooth, green, trimmed, short haft ribs inside, cutting edge notched. Length 103mm, mouth 32 x 36mm, cutting edge 72mm, weight 420 gms. NMAS DQ 84.
(1042. Socketed axe of Portree type). Socketed axe, smooth, green, trimmed, blade hammered, three haft ribs on each inside face, notched cutting edge. Length 80mm, mouth 25 x 30mm, cutting edge 58mm, weight 260 gms. NMAS DQ 86.
(1071. Socketed axe: Kalemouth variant of Portree type). Socketed axe, smooth but corroded in some places, green, untrimmed, hammered blade. Length 80mm, mouth 26 x 29mm, cutting edge 56mm, weight 285 gms. NMAS DQ 83.
Associated finds: spearhead with lunate openings and pegged, leaf-shaped spearhead.
P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.
This hoard 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 a Late Bronze Age date. <1>
The hoard was acquired by the NMS in 1781 from G. Gillander. The 4 axeheads are listed under Acc. Nos. DQ 83-DQ 86 and the 2 spearheads are listed under Acc. Nos. DQ 87-DQ 88. <2>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Callander, J G. 1923. 'Scottish Bronze Age hoards', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 57 1922-3, p.123-66. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 123-66. 144.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Coles, J M. 1962. ''Scottish Late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology'', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 93 1959-60, p.16-134. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 16-134. 72, 80, 128-129.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Davis, R.. 2015. 'The Late Bronze Age Spearheads of Britain' Prähistorische Bronzefunde v, band 7. Volume 5. 197 (1408, 182).
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Schmidt and Burgess, P K and C B. 1981. 'The axes of Scotland and Northern England', Prahistorische Bronzefunde Vol. 9. Prahistorische Bronzefunde. 181, nos. 1016-17, 184, no. 1042, 187, no. 1071 and 139.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: PSAS. 1859. 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum and Library, and exhibits', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 2 1854-7, p.4-5,16-17,32-3,63-4,78-9,100-1,134,153-4,176-7. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 4-5,16-17,32-3,63-4,78-9,. 153-4.
- <1> Text/Publication/Monograph: Clark, G., Cowie, T. & Kruse, S. 2017. Feats of Clay. Cat. No. 87-90, 177-118, H9.
- <2> Dataset/Database File: National Museums Scotland. 2019. Highland Finds from the NMS Catalogue. National Museums Scotland. Digital. DQ 83-88.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 5199 5099 (14m by 14m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
- HOARD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- SPEARHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
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External Links (3)
- http://nms.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-100-034-522-C& (Link to online NMS catalogue record)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/106272 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
- https://www.scran.ac.uk/database/record.php?usi=000-100-034-522-C (Link to online SCRAN record)
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