MHG7989 - Cist w finds, Ardvannie
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Type and Period (4)
- BURIAL CAIRN? (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- (Alternate Type) ROUND BARROW? (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- CREMATION (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- None recorded
NH68NE 10 6855 8747.
Tumulus (NR) (Site of) Stone Cist found here AD 1856 (NAT)
OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1907)
This tumulus was removed during the construction of the Highland Railway in February 1864. It was found to be surrounded by a ditch and to contain a cist in which were burnt bones, a small piece of bronze, apparently the point of a blade, and a bead of dark blue streaked glass; now in the NMAS (Acc No: EQ 44, 45).
The cist measured 4' long, 3.5" broad and about 15" deep. In the ditch of the tumulus was found the fragments of an urn.
J M Joass 1865; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1865.
The date given by ONB (1874) for the finding of the cist and the destruction of the tumulus during the formation of the railway is 1856, but in Groome (1901) it is stated that it was not until 1863 that an Act was passed authorising the extension of the railway to Tain and Bonar-Bridge; therefore, 1864 is much more likely to be the correct date for the destruction of the tumulus.
Name Book 1874; F H Groome 1901.
No further information regarding this tumulus or cairn was found during field investigation.
Visited by OS (W D J) 15 May 1963.
Guide identifies the bead as a Class 13 bead (North Scottish spiral-decorated beads). Very dark opaque blue. The spirals are white and a yellow patch is over some and under others. Diam 1.5 cm, Ht: 1cm. Guido dates class 13 to 1st century AD, but notes that this example is not typical, and may not belong to this class. <1>
The bronze (a blade or razor) 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>
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Joass, J M. 1865. 'Notice of a cist and its contents in the parish of Eddertoun, Ross-shire, recently opened', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 5 1862-4, p.311-5. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 311-5. 312-15; illusts.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: Coles, J M. 1966. 'Scottish Middle Bronze Age metalwork', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 97 1963-4, p.82-156. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 82-156. 148.
- --- Text/Publication/Monograph: Whimster, R. 1981. Burial practices in Iron Age Britain: a discussion and gazetteer of the evidence c.700 BC - AD 43. Brit Ser. 90. 173, 415, No. 18.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Groome, F H (ed.). 1901. Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland. new. 826.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Junghans, Sangmeister and Schroder, S, E and M. 1968. Studien zu den Anfangen der Metallurgie II: Kupfer und Bronze in der fruhen Metallzeit Europas. p. 43, no. 103.
- --- Text/Report: RCAHMS. 1979. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The archaeological sites and monuments of Easter Ross, Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region. . 10, No. 36.
- --- Text/Publication/Volume: Name Book (County). Object Name Books of the Ordnance Survey. Book No. 10, 24.
- --- Text/Publication/Article: PSAS. 1865. 'Donations to and purchases for the Museum', Proc Soc Antiq Scot Vol. 5 1862-4, p.9-18,30-3,61-5,81-4,109-16,122-9,185-9,213-22,239-42,284-9,300-3,322-331. Proc Soc Antiq Scot. 9-18,30-3,61-5,81-4,109-1. 301.
- <1> Text/Publication/Volume: Guido, M. 1978. The glass beads of the prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Ireland. 22, 196.
- <2> Text/Publication/Monograph: Clark, G., Cowie, T. & Kruse, S. 2017. Feats of Clay. Cat. No. 58.
|Grid reference||Centred NH 6854 8747 (16m by 16m) (Buffered by site type)|
|Geographical Area||ROSS AND CROMARTY|
- URN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
- BEAD (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2400 BC? to 560 AD?)
- BLADE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
Related Monuments/Buildings (1)
Related Investigations/Events (0)
External Links (1)
- https://canmore.org.uk/site/13809 (View RCAHMS Canmore entry for this site)
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