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Knowe Of Moan

Cist(S) (Period Unassigned), Mound (Period Unassigned), Bead(S), Harness Mount (Possible), Pounder, Scraper (Tool)(S), Slag, Vessel(S) (Clay), Vessel

Site Name Knowe Of Moan

Classification Cist(S) (Period Unassigned), Mound (Period Unassigned), Bead(S), Harness Mount (Possible), Pounder, Scraper (Tool)(S), Slag, Vessel(S) (Clay), Vessel

Canmore ID 2027

Site Number HY31NW 35

NGR HY 3124 1802

NGR Description HY 3124 1802 and HY 3119 1801

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Birsay And Harray
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY31NW 35 3124 1802 and 3119 1801.

(HY 3124 1802) Tumulus (NR) (Site of)

OS 6" map, Orkney, 2nd ed. (1903).

Knowe of Moan, a hillock a little to the N. of Harray Church in which a short cist about 18 ins square was discovered in 1886. Half-filled with black earth, it contained a number of glass and amber beads, a small bronze harness-mounting or brooch of the early 9th century, fragments of bronze, a small piece of slag and a white pebble, a fragment of flint and four sherds of clay vessel.(J W Cursiter 1887).

Further examination by Fraser in 1930 revealed a number of stone artifacts, such as scrapers and pounders, and parts of fire-blackened stone pots.(This information from the Orkney Herald 1 October 1930).

RCAHMS 1946.

Mr Flett (Mr J R Flett, Moan, Brough, Harray) who was present during Fraser's examination in 1930, confirmed that the published site, on a low natural mound in a field under crop, at about 100 ft OD, was correct. The name 'Knowe of Moan' is not known locally.

An empty short cist was ploughed up by Mr Flett, about 10 years ago, at HY 3119 1801, in a natural depression, c. 54.0 m. WSW of Fraser's excavation. It measured c. 18 ins by 15 ins by 12 ins deep, and consisted of four side slabs and top and bottom slabs. It was removed.

Visited by OS (NKB) 15 June 1966.


Orkney Smr Note

Small brooch of bronze in shape of cross-patee, ornamented

with interlace work, from cist at Moan. Facsimiles purchased

from Orkney, 1888. [R2]

Information from Orkney SMR [n.d.]


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