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Cist(S) (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Kilbride

Classification Cist(S) (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 22736

Site Number NM80NW 15

NGR NM 8385 0777

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Craignish
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM80NW 15 8385 0777.

(NM 8385 0777) Cist (NR)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

Argyll County Council record a number of "graves" with "pottery vessels" found in a gravelpit in this area of NM 838 078, by the local proprietor when extracting material for the building of Arduaine House (NM 798 105) Further finds are known to have been made by workmen from time to time since 1910, but none of these has been traced. Scattered human bones and slipped slabs were found by Campbell and Sandeman in 1956 and in 1957 they excavated an open cist, measuring 4'6" by 2' by 1'11" finding remains of an inhumation.

Argyll County Council 1914; M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; M Campbell 1956; 1957.

At NM 8385 0777, the open cist measures 1.7 by 0.9 by 0.9 metres, being half exposed in a cutting. Several large slabs lie in the area. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Visited by OS (D W R) 1 October 1971.

Cists have been found on several occasions in a sand-and-gravel pit 700m SSE of Kilbride.

(1) The List of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings in the County of Argyll prepared by Argyll County Council in 1915 records the finding of a number of 'graves' with 'burnt clay vessels' while sand was being extracted for the building of Arduaine House (ACC list 1914; Campbell and Sandeman 1964); the vessels no longer survive.

(2) In 1955 a fragmentary cist measuring about 1m by 0.5m internally was discovered; two other slabs (perhaps a side-slab and a capstone) and pieces of what were probably femurs were found in the collapsed material below the cist (Campbell 1956). traces of two further cists were reported at this time.

(3) One of these cists was excavated in 1957; aligned N and S, it was found to measure 1.06m by 0.6m and 0.58m in depth, and to contain a fragmentary inhumation (Campbell 1957).

(4) A cist, measuring 1.7m by 0.9m and 0.9m in depth, was reported in 1971, but no details of its contents are known.

(5) A severely ruined cist was discovered in the course of the present survey in 1982; aligned NNW and SSE, it had measured about 0.8m by 0.5m and 0.45m in depth, and contained a cremation, possibly an adult female accompanied by a flint knife (Campbell and Ritchie 1985). The ENE side-slab (probably of the local rock, the Craignish phyllites) appears to have been decorated with three roughly pecked triangular motifs, probably axes. The flint and the decorated stone are preserved ar Craigdhu (NM 820 054).

Visited April 1982


A disturbed cist was found in the same gravel quarry as those noted above. One side slab appears to have been decorated with two pecked triangular motifs. The cist contained the cremation, possibly of a female, and a bilaterally retouched flint flake.

J N G Ritchie 1982.


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