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Cremation (Prehistoric), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead (Flint), Dagger (Bronze), Knife (Flint)

Site Name Craigscorrie

Classification Cremation (Prehistoric), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead (Flint), Dagger (Bronze), Knife (Flint)

Alternative Name(s) Craigscorry; Beauly

Canmore ID 12667

Site Number NH54NW 1

NGR NH 5031 4522

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmorack
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH54NW 1 5031 4522

In January 1925, a Bronze Age cist was unearthed near the eastern edge of a rocky, wooden knoll, on the summit of a slight ridge. Its presence was suspected by the protrusion of a slab of conglomerate 4' square and 1'3" thick, which, when lifted proved to be the cover stone of an oval-shaped grave cut into the rock. It was 7' long, 4' wide and from 2' - 3' deep.

The grave, which was full of gravelling soil, contained the remains of an incompletely incinerated human skeleton, the skull lying near the N end, facing E; the fragments of a bronze blade with midribs and grooves either side, but of too indeterminate a nature to say definitely whether they represent a dagger or a halberd (V G Childe 1944); a barbed and stemmed flint arrowhead, and a flint knife. The flints were calcined, but the bronze appeared not to have been through the fire.

(The finds are now in the National Museum of Antiquites of Scotland [NMAS]).

J G Callender 1925.

NH 5031 4522. All that remains of this cist is a slight depression 2.2m long, 1.3m wide and 0.3m deep. The slab 1.3m square and 0.4m thick, noted by Callander, lies at the side of the depression.

Site surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (N K B), 22 December 1964.

The dagger is EBA (J M Coles 1971) and the flint knife is plano-convex.

A S Henshall 1968.

(NH 5031 4522) Bronze Age Burial found 1925 (NAT)

OS 1:10,000 map (1974).

(Bronze dagger of Armorico-British B or Cressingham type). Seven fragments of dagger with well-defined midrib flanked by hollow and cast groove on upper part of blade; towards tip midrib turns into central ridge with diamond-shaped section. Present length 12.3cm, present width 4.1cm. Associations: barbed-and-tanged flint arrowhead; plano-convex flint knife. NMAS EQ 366.

S Gerloff 1975.


Field Visit (January 1978)

Craigscorrie NH 503 452 NH54NW 1

In 1925 this rock-cut grave was found 125m ESE of Craigscorrie farmhouse; ovalon plan, it measured 2.1 m by 1.2m, and up to 0.9m deep. It contained a partially burnt skeleton in a crouched position, a barbed-and-tanged arrowhead, a plano-convex flint knife and what is probably part of a bronze dagger (NMAS EQ 366-8). The cover-slab now lies beside a slight depression which represents the infilled grave.

RCAHMS 1979, visited January 1978

(Callander 1925, 204-8; Childe 1944; Henshall 1968, 190)


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