MHG58712 - Lithic scatter, Scalpay 7


A lithic scatter recorded during the Scotland's First Settlers Project.

Type and Period (1)

  • LITHIC SCATTER (Mesolithic to Late Bronze Age - 8000 BC to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An open air lithic scatter was investigated by the Scotland's First Settlers Project in 2003. Surface scatter collected from washed-out vehicle access track, located immediately above small stream. There were 30 lithics of which most were of quartz and quartzite, but there were also six pieces of chalcedonic silica and two of Rùm bloodstone. Scalpay 7 differed from the other Scalpay sites in that most of the assemblage comprised regular flakes (22 pieces), with only seven pieces of debitage and one retouched piece: a narrow blade microlith (a fine point). The lithics provide clear evidence of human activity which may be of Mesolithic date, though dating on the basis of one artefact is weak. <1>

Sources/Archives (1)



Grid reference Centred NG 5905 2896 (60m by 60m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NG52NE
Geographical Area SKYE AND LOCHALSH
Civil Parish STRATH

Finds (3)

  • FLAKE (Mesolithic to Late Bronze Age - 8000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • DEBITAGE (Mesolithic to Late Bronze Age - 8000 BC? to 551 BC?)
  • MICROLITH (Mesolithic - 8000 BC to 4001 BC)

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