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Melfort House

Cist(S) (Period Unassigned), Armlet(S) (Bronze), Necklace (Jet), Scraper (Tool) (Flint)

Site Name Melfort House

Classification Cist(S) (Period Unassigned), Armlet(S) (Bronze), Necklace (Jet), Scraper (Tool) (Flint)

Alternative Name(s) River Oude

Canmore ID 22872

Site Number NM81SW 1

NGR NM 8392 1416

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilninver And Kilmelford
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM81SW 1 8392 1416

(NM 8392 1416) Bronze Age Cists found 1878 (NAT)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1976)

Three cists were discovered about the year 1878, some 180 metres from Melfort House, during construction of a new road on the east bank of the River Oude.

Two of the cists were of normal dimensions, measuring about 1.2 metres in length, but the third was more massive, measuring about 2.13 metres in length and was covered by a cap-stone. One of the smaller cists contained a partly cremated skeleton and a flint scraper. The large cist contained an extended inhumation, a crescentic jet necklace and a pair of bronze armlets, of which only one now survives. The flint and necklace are in the British Museum and the armlet is in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).

T G E Powell 1953; RCAHMS 1975.

The occupant of Melfort House indicated the site on the ground.

Visited by OS (D W R) 29 September 1971.


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