MHG3211 - Cist - Balblair


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH54SW 40 c. 506 446.

Small but neatly-formed cist discovered during quarrying operations November 1990, containing two early Beakers, one of normal size and the other smaller. (Grid reference cited as NH c. 506 446.
Information from Mrs C Niven, Curator Inverness Museum, 20 November 1990. <1>

Excavation by Inverness Museum following discovery of stone-lined cist and two beakers during topsoil stripping prior to excavation of Balblair sand and gravel quarry. Rescue excavation produced no further finds and therefore concentrated on cist construction. The cist consisted of a large shattered cover slab of Beauly Sandstone, sealing a burial chamber lined on four sides by roughly dressed stone slabs. These side slabs were supported by pebble stone packing and were located within a larger excavation construction pit. Soil samples produced phosphate readings consistent with the presence of a decayed body within the acidic soil fill of the cist. The small size of the cist interior (c45cm by 60cm) may indicate the burial being that of a child. The two beakers recovered were of Northern (N3) type (INVMG 1992.019.1- 2). <2>

There are record forms for the two beakers in Inverness Museum archive files. They are listed under Acc. Nos. 1992.019.001 & 002. <3> <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5066 4448 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH54SW
Civil Parish KILMORACK
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

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

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