MHG32415 - Cist Burial - Holm Mains


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Type and Period (1)

  • SHORT CIST (Early Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 1501 BC) + Sci.Date

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  • None recorded

Full Description

Two cist burials were identified during construction work at Holm Mains Farm in 2003 and both were subsequently excavated by Headland Archaeology. This, the westernmost of the two, had been severely damaged by recent activity on-site and the surviving side-slabs had been shattered. The cist contained the remains of an adult male accompanied by sherds of a beaker pot. Outlying features comprised several pits and ditches, located near to the cists but which produced no artefacts to aid with dating and there was nothing to link these discoveries to the two cists. See MHG32414 for other cist burial. <1>

Radiocarbon dates for the human skeletal material in both cists were obtained and published in 2006 as part of the Beaker People Project: Scottish Samples. These were 2210-2050 BC and 2270-2060 BC calibrated to 1 sigma, indicating Early Bronze Age dates. <2>

The excavation assemblage was submitted to Treasue Trove (TT 40/08) and allocated to Inverness Musem. <3>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6554 4147 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH64SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (2)

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

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