MHG8655 - Cist with finds - 100m WNW of Dridaig Cottage, Edderton


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Type and Period (2)

  • CIST (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • BURIAL (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH78SW 16 7142 8452.
On a low gravel knoll at present under cultivation, a short cist was discovered by Mr David MacKay whilst ploughing in June 1977. It was examined by Mr John Smith and colleagues of the Dept of Geography, Aberdeen University, and found to contain bones, charcoal, and "organic material" (info contained in letter from J Smith to D MacKay). The cist and contents were removed by the excavators to Aberdeen for analysis, and only the displaced capstone remains at the site. According to Mr MacKay (D MacKay, Dridgog Croft, by Edderton Farm) the cist was formed of four slabs on edge, and measured approximately 1.2m by 0.9m and 0.6m deep. No covering cairn is apparent.
Site surveyed at 1:10,000. Visited by OS (N K B) 15 July 1977.

This cist was situated 100m WNW of Dridgag Cottage. It contained an inhumation, a flint flake and a fragment of copper, and there was organic material on the floor. Cremated bone was found behind the cist-slabs. <1> <2> <3>

The site was written up by I Ralston and published with four other, similar, cist burials in 1996. <4>

The copper was catalogued 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. The tiny fragment of copper alloy was interpreted as the possible remains of an awl. It was taken to Aberdeen University in 1977 but the current wherabouts was unknown and it is presumed to be lost. It was assigned an Early Bronze Age date. <5>

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Grid reference Centred NH 7141 8451 (6m by 6m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH78SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish TAIN

Finds (4)

  • AWL? (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • PLANT MACRO REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Investigations/Events (0)

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