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Cinerary Urn

Site Name Benderloch

Classification Cinerary Urn

Alternative Name(s) Penwith, Benerloch, Oban

Canmore ID 108947

Site Number NM93NW 38

NGR NM 906 382

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Ardchattan And Muckairn (Argyll And Bute)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM93NW 38 906 382

NM 9051 3835 An urned cremation was discovered by Mr R Harvey whilst working in his garden. Following intervention by the West of Scotland Archaeology Service and the provision of funding by Historic Scotland, GUARD carried out the excavation and lifting of the urn and its immediate environs in September 1996. The urn had been placed inverted on a slab within a pit cut into the natural subsoils of typical raised beach deposits. The urn appears to be of a cordoned form, with incised cross-hatched decoration confined above the upper cordon. The contents of the urn will be excavated within a laboratory.

Sponsor: Historic Scotland

G MacGregor 1996

The urn was examined and reconstructed. The cremated remains had been carefully washed after cremation. The bones were examined and found to belong to a woman and a child, aged between one and four years. The urn itself had previously been used for cooking a number of times before it was used in a funerary context.

Information by Mr and Mrs R Harvey, 1997


Watching Brief (17 March 2015 - 27 March 2015)

NM 90597 38187 A watching brief was undertaken, 17–27 March 2015, during a controlled topsoil strip in advance of the construction of a housing scheme. No finds or features of archaeological significance were recorded.

Funder: TSL Contractors Ltd

Clare Ellis - Argyll Archaeology

(Source: DES, Volume 16)


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