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Digital copy of watercolour drawing of artefact, annotated with measurements, entitled: 'The Nybster Sledge. John Nicolson'.

SC 876630

Description Digital copy of watercolour drawing of artefact, annotated with measurements, entitled: 'The Nybster Sledge. John Nicolson'.

Date c. 1895 to 1898

Collection John Nicolson

Catalogue Number SC 876630

Category On-line Digital Images

Scope and Content Watercolour of a bone 'sledge' from Nybster broch, Caithness, Highland Nybster broch is located above cliffs on a promontory south of the village of Auckengill, between John O' Groats and Wick on the north-east coast of Caithness. The broch and the associated outbuildings were excavated by Sir Francis Tress Barry (1825-1907) in 1895-6. This watercolour by John Nicolson (1843-1934) shows a strange bone object of uncertain function that was found during the excavations at Nybster. The object is known as the 'Nybster sledge' and, according to Nicolson's annotations, it measures more than 2 feet in length. Nicolson was a skilled sculptor and artist with a keen interest in the archaeology of Caithness. He lived at the 'Half-Way House' only a few minutes walk from the broch and assisted Barry in his excavations at the site. The broch can still be seen today and is marked by a monument built by Nicolson to commemorate Barry's excavations. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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Collection Level (551 146) John Nicolson

Group Level (551 146/2) Archaeology Papers and Artwork

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