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Enclosed Cremation Cemetery (Bronze Age)

Site Name Croftcrunie

Classification Enclosed Cremation Cemetery (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 13597

Site Number NH65SW 1

NGR NH 61062 52067

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Killearnan
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH65SW 1 6106 5206.

(NH 6106 5206) Stone Circle (NR) (Remains of)

OS 6" map, (1959)

The feature consists of an oval mound, 24ft long by 15ft wide and '4 1/2ft deep', surrounded eccentrically by a circular wall of stones and earth, 78ft in diameter, 3ft wide and about 2 1/2ft high. The mound was excavated by Beaton on 22 April 1882; it was composed of earth with a covering of small boulders, and overlay four pits which contained charcoal, ashes and a few fragments of burnt bone. One also contained a 'weapon-sharpening stone', oval and smoothly ground, the edges showing marks of friction (Beaton 1882).

According to Woodham (1956) the feature consists of an oval, stony mound, 22ft N-S by 19ft E-W and 1ft high (and having a circular depression 6ft in diameter, caused by Beaton's excavation) set eccentrically within a circular bank of earth and stones, 86ft in diameter 1ft high and from 12 to 15ft thick. In view of the eccentricity of the setting, he suggests that bank and mound may not be contemporary.

A J Beaton 1882; A A Woodham 1956.

An enclosed cremation cemetery levelled into a slight SW slope and surrounded by a circular bank of earth and stones spread to c.4.0m in the N and c.3.0m elsewhere and measuring c.24.0m in diameter crest to crest. There is a gap c.4.0m wide in the SE arc which may be a mutilation. Within, in the SW half, is the muitlated mound excavated by Beaton which now measures c.9.0m N-S by c.7.0m transversely.

Resurveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (A A) 11 November 1971.


Field Visit (July 1979)

Croftcrunie NH 610 520 NH65SW 1

This enclosed cremation cemetery, situated 170m S of Croftcrunie farmhouse, measures 19m by 16.4m within a stony bank about 3m thick and up to 0.6m high; a gap of 4.2m wide on the SE is probably an entrance. Within the interior, but not centrally placed, there are the disturbed remains of a stony mound. In 1882 this mound was found to be covering four pits; a 'whetstone' and fragments of charcoal and cremated bone were recovered.

RCAHMS 1979, visited July 1979

Beaton 1882, 481-2; Woodham 1956, 76, no. 27


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