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Orkney Smr Note

Date 1989

Event ID 621093

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Orkney Smr Note


Discovered during quarrying the capstones of the cist collapsed under the weight of a lorry, revealing a rock-cut pit forming a large chamber, at the W end of which a free-standing stone cist had been inserted. The pit was narrowed and a passage created along its eastside.

The cist contained both inhumed and cremated burials; one of the latter being placed in an urn. Stratified evidence suggests that the cist had been opened at least once. Also contained the remains of organic fibrous material of vegetable origin.

Full account held in OR detailed records.

M. Dalland 'A Rock-cut Tomb at Sandfiold, Orkney' in A.O.C. Annual Report, 1989, pp4-6

Information from Orkney SMR 1989

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