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Shandwick, Burying Ground

Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Shandwick, Burying Ground

Classification Burial Ground (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Old Shandwick

Canmore ID 15277

Site Number NH87SE 3

NGR NH 8556 7473

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Nigg (Ross And Cromarty)
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH87SE 3 8556 7473.

(NH 8556 7473) Burying Ground (Site of) (NAT)

OS 6" map, Ross-shire, 2nd ed., (1889)

The burial ground at Shandwick was last used during the cholera pestilence of 1832 and was ploughed down by the tenant of the farm c. 1885.

H Miller 1889.

No trace.

Visited by OS (A A) 29 August 1972.


Geophysical Survey (11 September 2013 - 13 September 2013)

NH 8555 7471 and NH 8556 7473 A resistance survey was undertaken, 11–13 September 2013, in the field around the Shandwick stone – a Pictish cross slab dating to the 7th or 8th century AD. The survey aimed to contextualise the landscape location of the stone as part of the Northern Picts: Archaeology of Fortriu project. The survey was focused on the area to the S and E of the Shandwick stone (an area to the NW has previously been surveyed by the University of York). A total of nine 20 x 20m grids were surveyed using a TR/CIA resistance meter. The area was walked in 1m transect lines and measurements were taken every 0.5m.

The survey recorded a number of anomalies, including regular rows of small sub-rectangular anomalies to the E and S of the stone. The anomalies to the E may relate to a known burial ground, which was used until the 1830s before being ploughed out in the 1880s by the tenant farmer (NH87SE 3). The anomalies to the S of the stone included suggestions of stone-built structures and further grave-like anomalies. One of these was sampled and human remains were identified under the ploughsoil. Dating of a loose fragment of bone has identified the burial as being of 18th-century date (SUERC-49032 182±30), indicating that the area around the Shandwick stone has been extensively used for burial in recent centuries.

Archive: University of Aberdeen

Funder: University of Aberdeen, Development Trust, University of Aberdeen and Tarbat Discovery Centre

Gordon Noble and Oskar G Sveinbjarnarson, University of Aberdeen, 2013

(Source: DES)


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