MHG3757 - Cist - Bught Park, Inverness


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH64SE 9 656 437

This cist was discovered on 9th September 1954 by workmen bulldozing trees from Bught Park. It contained a male inhumation accompanied by a bronze dagger, now in Inverness Museum (955.15-16). (The find-spot was sited to approximately NH 6560 4373 by J McKenzie in a letter to OS dated 28 August 1962. However, Miss Henshall states that the correct site may be at NH 6571 4372, according to the grounds man at the caravan park who was present at the discovery, and who keeps the grass at the site unmown - oral information to OS, 8 July 1966.)
W Kirk and J McKenzie 1956; A S Henshall 1968; J M Coles 1969; RCAHMS 1979.

(Bronze dagger of Masterton type). Flat dagger, rounded heel with central rivet-notch, two rivet-holes with one rivet in position, W-shaped hilt-mark, cutting-edges and tip damaged; present length 10.6cm, present width 4.3cm.
S Gerloff 1975.

A radiocarbon date was obtained for the human skeletal material as part of the Beakers and Bodies Project 2009. This provided a date of 2140-2030 BC, calibrated to 1 sigma. <1>

The dagger was catalogued and photographed 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 an Early Bronze Age date. <2>

The human remains are listed in the Inverness Museum catalogue under Acc. No. 1955.015. <3>

A document from the Inverness Museum archive files lists the skeletal material aunder Acc. No. 1955.015 and the bronze dagger under 1955.016. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6560 4369 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH64SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (2)

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

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