MHG8104 - Cists w beaker & finds, Fyrish Farm House


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Type and Period (1)

  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC) + Sci.Date

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH66NW 5 6182 6899 and 6185 6899

These two cists were found before 1865; one contained an inhumation, an N4 Beaker and a bracer (RMS(NMAS) EQ 131 and 133 respectively); the other was empty.
Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1868; Name Book 1875; D L Clarke 1970.

No trace of the cists was found, but at the site of the eastern one lies a large flat irregularly shaped stone slab, 1.7m by 1.4m maximum width and 0.3m thick.
Visited by OS (RDL) 5 May 1963.

A radiocarbon date was obtained and published for the human remains in 2004 as part of the National Museuems of Scotland Radiocarbon Dating Programme. This provided an Early Bronze Age date of 2295-2200 BC calibrated to 1 sigma. <1> The radiocarbon date and DNA sample information were also included in the 'A summary round-up list of Scottish archaeological human remains that have been sampled/analysed for DNA as of January 2019', available online through DES. <2>

NMS also have the skull from the inhumation within their collections from this site (Acc. No. EQ 132). The beaker is ornamented with bands of parallel lines & zigzags and measures 6 x 6 in. (EQ 131). The bracer is of hard greenish stone, 4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in., and in cross-section curved, polished, perforated at each corner (EQ 133). All three were acquired by the NMS in 1865 from William Walker. <3> <4>

See link below to NMS catalogue and SCRAN for photo of the stone bracer.

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Grid reference Centred NH 6182 6898 (4m by 4m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH66NW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ALNESS

Finds (3)

  • BEAKER (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • ARM GUARD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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