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Culbin Sands, 'macbeth's Hillock'

Burnt Mound (Bronze Age), Lithic Implement(S) (Flint)(Bronze Age), Saddle Quern(S) (Bronze Age)

Site Name Culbin Sands, 'macbeth's Hillock'

Classification Burnt Mound (Bronze Age), Lithic Implement(S) (Flint)(Bronze Age), Saddle Quern(S) (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 15919

Site Number NJ06SW 3

NGR NJ 021 644

NGR Description NJ c. 021 644

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Moray
  • Parish Dyke And Moy
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Moray
  • Former County Morayshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ06SW 3 c. 021 644

There is a cairn of fire-broken stones about 60 to 70ft in diameter and about 20ft high, to the south-west of a shell-stratified sandhill (in which evidence of 16 - 17th c industrial settlement was found - (NJ06SW 4) about 250 feet above HWM and 50 feet high. Around this cairn were found several flint implements, scrapers barbed and leaf-arrowheads and a flint drill.

H Linton 1876.

(NJ 021 644) "The supposed cairn is about 700 yards west from the coast at highwater mark, and is near this march between Moy and Binsness. It measures about 60ft in diameter at the base, and is about 14ft in height, and is merely a hillock of blown sand covered with water-worn stones."

The top of the mound was dug into and found to have been used as a fireplace and blackened earth extended to a depth of 18 inches, below which was blown sand. In this earth was found two portions of the lower stones of saddle querns. In the immediate vicinity of the mound (NJ06NW 5) a large number of flint implements have been found.

G F Black 1891.

This mound is known as Macbeth's Hillock.

G Bain 1893.

The mound of split stones has been engulfed by the sand.

G Bain c. 1920

Neither the name Macbeth's Hillock nor its position are known locally. Not located.

Visited by OS (AA), 29 April 1971.

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Field Visit (29 April 1971)

Neither the name Macbeth's Hillock nor its position are known locally. Not located.

Visited by OS (AA) 29 April 1971.

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