MHG7780 - Cist w burial, Easter Moy
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Type and Period (1)
- CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- None recorded
NB this GR is estimated. Easter Moy Farm lies to the N, but also on the other side of the stream, so site should be located in that direction - HAW 9/2004
NH45SE 5 4954.
(NH 4954) On 4th June 1907, on farm of Easter Moy, workmen excavating material for repair of a road came upon a prehistoric grave. In their search for material, they found a sandstone slab which, falling outwards, disclosed cavity of a cist in which stood an urn. On further clearance, another slab, in line with first, fell outwards. These two slabs formed one side of grave and, on their removal, whole interior became visible. The grave was aligned due E & W and measured 3ft 1.5 ins length, 21ins breadth and 15.5 ins in depth while an average depth of 2ft of mould lay on top of the covering slab. There was no stone in the bottom but the floor had been carefully levelled and smoothed and an inch and a half of sand and clay spread over its entire surface. The urn, which had been placed at W end of the cist, fell to pieces when handled; four small flints, including a flint scraper, and a small quantity of fragments of charred wood were found in cist at spot where urn stood.
The inside of larger of two sandstone slabs forming N side of the grave bears circular or oval depressions of varying dimensions. As this stone was left in situ, it was not accessible to thorough examination and it is not known if these depressions are artificial. (Fragments of bone and a worked flake from this site are in the NMAS - Acc No: EQ 308)
W Mackenzie 1908
The NMS catalogue lists five calcined human bone fragments and three worked flakes of flint. These were acquired from W. Mackenzie in 1908 and are listed under Acc. No. EQ 308. <1> <2>
The reconstructed 'urn' is a food vessel. In 2019 it was on loan to Dingwall Museum, where it is on display. <3>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Mackenzie, W. 1908. 'Notices (1) of a cist, with "food-vessel" urn, at Easter Moy; and (2) of a prehistoric cairn on Callachy Hill, in the Black Isle, Ross-shire, with plan and section', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 42 1907-8, p.66-73. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 66-73. 66-9; illust.67,68.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Hanley, R and Sheridan, A. 1994. 'A beaker cist from Balblair, near Beauly, Inverness District', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, Vol 124, pp 129-39. p 137.
- <1> Dataset/Database File: National Museums Scotland. 2019. Highland Finds from the NMS Catalogue. National Museums Scotland. Digital. EQ 308.
- <2> Dataset/Database File: 2020. Database of Human Remains in Museum Collections from Highland Area. NMS, IMAG & Marishal College. Digital.
- <3> Collection/Finds Collection: Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH). 2019. Finds Collection at Dingwall Museum.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 4900 5400 (4m by 4m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
- VESSEL (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- SCRAPER (TOOL) (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- FLAKE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
Related Monuments/Buildings (2)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/12483 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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