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Mains Of Moyness

Cist (Bronze Age)

Site Name Mains Of Moyness

Classification Cist (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Hillhead 1

Canmore ID 15565

Site Number NH95SE 10

NGR NH 95392 54167

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Auldearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Nairn
  • Former County Nairn

Archaeology Notes

NH95SE 10 9539 5416.

(NH 9539 5416) Stone Coffin containing Human Remains found AD 1834 (NAT) OS 6" map (1906)

The find was made about 1834.

Name Book 1869

A cist, found about 1830, contained 'a large and perfect skeleton. Near it were found five or six ancient urns, filled with ashes and pieces of burnt bone.' They were dug out of a small hillock, called the 'Black Hillock', between the ring cairn at Mains of Moyness (NH95SE 7) and the stone circle at Golford (NH95SE 3).

New Statistical Account (NSA) 1845 (W Barclay)

The 'Black Hillock' is not known locally. The site between the Mains of Moyness ring cairn and the Golford stone circle is the Fairy Hillock , at the NGR quoted by OS. It appears to be a large cairn but is inaccessible due to standing crops.

Visited by OS (RD) 23 August 1965

The 'Fairy Hillock', almost certainly the 'Black Hillock', referred to by Barclay, is a natural knoll, surface quarried, and quarried below the surrounding ground level, to NE and SW. It covers an area about 60.0m by 20.0m and has been utilized for dumping field clearance.

Visited by OS (RD) 5 January 1970


Field Visit (May 1978)

Hillhead 1 NH 953 541 NH95SE 10

About 1834 a cist containing an inhumation was found at the 'Black Hillock'. Several cremation-urns were found nearby.

RCAHMS 1978, visited May 1978

NSA, xiii (Nairn), 12; Name Book, Nairn, no. 3, p. 58


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