MHG52831 - Stone feature, west of Langwell House, Strath Oykel
A curvilinear stone feature of unknown function revealed during excavation, possibly prehistoric in date.
Type and Period (1)
- FEATURE (Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 560 AD?)
- None recorded
The site of a possible cist was investigated by GUARD in February 2009 as part of a programme of salvage excavation focussed on a cist burial 5 metres to the north. Large slabs had been distubed by a mechanical excavator. The excavation revealed not a cist but a curving, stone-built feature which sat on an old ground surface sealed by half a metre of peat. Iron-panning on the old ground surface suggests that conditions on both sides of the feature were rather wet and it is possible that it was built to contain or delineate a more boggy area from the better drained ground. Its position beneath the peat suggests the feature is of some antiquity and it could be prehistoric date. This site and the nearby cist are located on a slight rise measuring approximately 40 metres east-west by 8 metres. It is conceivable that the stone feature relates to the use of this slight rise during the Bronze Age for ceremonial and funerary purposes. <1>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Lelong, O. 2014. Wrappings of power: a woman's burial in cattle hide at Langwell Farm, Strath Oykel. Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 144. 65-131. Digital.
- <1> Text/Report/Fieldwork Report: Lelong, O. 2009. Langwell Farm, Strath Oykel: Human Remains Call-Off Contract Data Structure Report. Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD). Digital. Area B.
|Grid reference||Centred NC 41302 01048 (0m by 2m) (Centred)|
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Related Investigations/Events (1)
External Links (1)
- https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-352-1/dissemination/pdf/vol_144/144_0065_0132.pdf (Link to online published report)
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