MHG29586 - Polished Stone Axehead - Balmacara House


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A polished stone axe was found in 1999 in the grounds of Lochalsh House. The axe measures 144mm long, is 70mm wide at the blade end and 33mm wide at the butt end. It is made of a course granite-like stone which has been ground and polished. The axe is currently with the Treasure Trove Advisory Panel in Edinburgh. A small exploratory excavation was carried out by M Wildgoose at the find spot to determine the context of the find and to establish if an ancient site survived beneath the turf of the garden. No evidence was found relating to an ancient site. There are at least four possible ways that this axe could have arrived at the find spot: an ancient loss; a relic from an ancient site destroyed when the gardens were landscaped; cast out or lost from the house; any of the previous and then unwittingly used as packing for the drain. <1>

The axehead was submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 80/99) and allocated to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. It is listed under Acc. No. 2001.017 in the IMAG catalogue. <2> <3> <4>

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Grid reference Centred NG 7954 2733 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG72NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish LOCHALSH

Finds (1)

  • POLISHED AXEHEAD (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2401 BC)

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