MHG2255 - Burial and Hoard, Kirk O'Banks


Burial found in association with eight silver Viking armlets.

Type and Period (1)

  • BURIAL (CULTURE 800; CULTURE NORSE; , Norse - 800 AD to 1300 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Eight Viking penannular armlets of silver were found in 1872 in a cist in the graveyard of Kirk o' Banks (ND27SE 6), during digging of a drain along the cart track on N side of the chapel. Human bones were also found.
Five armlets are in the NMAS (Acc Nos: IL 114-8) and three are in Thurso Museum.
R Campbell 1873; Name Book 1872; J Anderson 1975.

Eight Viking Silver Armlets found AD 1872 (NAT) OS 25" map, (1967)

The three armlets are still Thurso Museum, described as 'Viking Armlets of Silver - date about 1000 AD'.
Visited by OS (R B) 1 March 1965.

A description of the hoard is given in James Graham-Campbell's 1995 publication. <1>

The three armlets are listed in Caithness Horizons catalogue under Acc. No. ARC1-3. They are listed as missing which needs confirming as they were examined by Graham-Campbell in the 1990s. <2>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2532 7399 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND27SE
Civil Parish DUNNET
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

Finds (3)

  • ARMLET (Early Medieval to Norse - 900 AD to 1100 AD)
  • HOARD (Early Medieval to Norse - 900 AD to 1100 AD)
  • ARMLET (Early Medieval to Norse - 900 AD to 1100 AD)

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