MHG21937 - BA Hoard, Wester Ord


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Hoard found 1859 on farm of Ord or Wester-Ord, Rosskeen parish, under corner of a large boulder, possibly wrapped in cloth. Exhibited by R McLeoad of Cadboll, Invergordon to Soc of Antiq of Scotland 1870. The hoard was bought at Invergordon sale by dealer, obtained from him and presented to NMAS by J Richardson 1924.
(1023. Socketed axe of Highfield type). Socketed axe, smooth but pitted, porous, green, somewhat corroded, brittle on one face, untrimmed, short haft ribs inside; length 91mm, mouth 27 x 35mm, cutting edge 53mm, weight 260 gms. NMAS DQ 266.
(1248. Socketed axe of Eaton variant of Meldreth type). Socketed axe, porous, green, mouth damaged, trimmed, blade hammered, scratch marks on blade; length 90mm, mouth 24 x (?) mm, cutting edge 46mm, weight 145 gms. NMAS DQ 267.
Associated finds: curved socketed knife; socketed knife of Thorndon type; socketed gouge with multiple fine grooves at mouth; penannular armlet with expanded ends of Covesea type; two fragments of bronze rod (one with slightly expanded terminal which is perforated, series of indentations along outer curve, o-sectioned); one similar rod (lost); two small rings (lost).
P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.

There is no Ord or Wester Ord farm in the parish of Rosskeen and it is probable that the discovery was made around Ord farm in the neighbouring parish of Urray. The original (PSAS) account states only that it was found 'on the farm of Wester Ord, on the Invergordon property'.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 29 March 1990.

This hoard was catalogued 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>

Curved socketed knife listed under Acc. No. DQ 270 in the NMS catalogue. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5100 5000 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH55SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish URRAY

Finds (6)

  • GOUGE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • ARMLET (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • RING (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • ROD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • AXEHEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • KNIFE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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