MHG8968 - Cairn with Finds - near Mains of Assynt


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Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The destruction of a cairn "near Assynt in Ross-shire", (reported in a letter to Dr. Hibbert from Sir George Mackenzie of Coul dated September, 15th, 1824 in Archaeol Scot 1831) revealed a cist in which were some bones, an urn and jet ornaments. The cairn was stated to have been 'near the old house of Assynt, and in front of a new farmhouse which Alex. Fraser of Inch Coulter, Ross-shire, lately built there'. The illustration given by Mackensie does not show the four plates illustrated for the first time by Wilson, and these plates are not now with the necklace, donated in 1824 by Fraser to the NMAS. - EQ4, although it is otherwise as Wilson shows it. The urn does not appear to have been preserved.
C Innes 1862; D Wilson 1851. <1>-<3>

The farmer at Assynt knew nothing of cairn or necklace and no trace of the former is to be found in the area.
Visited by OS (R D L) 3 May 1963

Information and corrections were received from participants in the Community Timelines course, run by ARCH. The NMS museum number cited by Wilson is incorrect; this should be X.EQ 84. <4> <5> <6>

The illustration which is used in Evans' Ancient Stone Implements entitled Assynt, Ross-shire, is actually the image used by Wilson, of an example from Roxburgh. <7>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5906 6704 (16m by 16m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH56NE
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish ALNESS

Finds (4)

  • URN (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • NECKLACE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)
  • BEAD (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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