MHG42099 - Cist and Burial, Chealamy


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

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British Museum labs date this at 3630+/- 50. Date from bone collagen, calibrated on the Pearson &Stuiver 1986 calibration. (info from ADS; DML)

NC 722 502, Cist, Chealamy: A pit dug for a strainer-post during road-widening operations on B871 in February 1981 revealed a flat slab at a depth of 0.70m. Attempts to remove this with a jack-hammer pierced the slab, revealing a stone cist below. The site was immediately excavated, producing in intact N3 beaker accompanying a burial comprising only pelvic and leg bones. It seems likely that this is all that was originally buried. The cist was removed and reconstructed outside the Farr Museum, Bettyhill, with the beaker placed on display inside.
R B Gourlay and E Rudie 1981; Scot Mag 1981.

The find spot of the cist was pointed out on OS 6"map by Mr Gourlay (Wick Museum) at NC 7238 5017.
Visited by OS (N K B) 1 September 1982.

A document of correspondance from the Inverness Museum archive files from 1984 records that they possess the skeletal remains (listed under 1983.153 in the museum catalogue) and Farr Museum at Bettyhill posses the Beaker. <1> <2>

A radiocarbon date for Chealamy was published as part of the Bristish Museum Beaker Dating Programme in 1991. This produced a date of 2140-1885 BC, calibrated at 2 sigma. A copy of the appendix from this publication was sent to Inverness Museum and is kept within their archive files. <3> <1>

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Grid reference Centred NC 7238 5016 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NC75SW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish FARR

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