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Cist (Period Unassigned), Urn (Steatite)(Early Medieval)

Site Name Stromness

Classification Cist (Period Unassigned), Urn (Steatite)(Early Medieval)

Canmore ID 1495

Site Number HY20NE 22

NGR HY 25 09

NGR Description HY c. 25 09

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Stromness
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY20NE 22 c. 25 09.

A cinerary urn, now in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, was presented to the Society by A M de Cardonnell Lawson on the 1st. July 1829. It was found in a small cist in a hillock close by Stromness and contained a handful of calcined bones. When found it was wrapped in a hide supposed to be that of a deer. It is 7 1/2"high and 6 1/2" in diameter at the lip by about 5" at the base and is faintly tooled in an irregular all-over scale pattern.

J D Cowen 1967.


Artefact Recovery (1773 - 1779)

An small steatite urn, found between 1773 and 1779 in a cist near Stromness. The urn contained cremated human bones and had been wrapped in an animal hide.

Source: Sheridan 2004.


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