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Oban, Druimvargie Rock Shelter

Cave (Mesolithic), Occupation Site (Mesolithic)

Site Name Oban, Druimvargie Rock Shelter

Classification Cave (Mesolithic), Occupation Site (Mesolithic)

Canmore ID 22894

Site Number NM82NE 2

NGR NM 8574 2962

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilmore And Kilbride
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM82NE 2 centred 8574 2962.

(Approx. NM 8574 2962) In 1898 a shelter cave was exposed on the south face of Druimvargie, and Dr Anderson of Edinburgh conducted the excavation.. No human remains were unearthed, but finds included beds of shells, and barbed bone points and other implements.

Information from the Oban Times 26 August 1933.

The archaeological material recovered from Druimvargie Cave, now in the NMAS (HL 390-438), is similar to that from the MacArthur Cave (NM83SE 9), the type-site of the Obanian culture. The cave was weather-worn to a depth of 8-10ft in slaty rock, and was 15ft wide.

A D Lacaille 1954.

Druimvargie Cave: Destroyed during house erection.

OS 6"map, annotated by Dr I Campbell, 1933.

Unable to site more accurate than the reference by the Oban Times.

Visited by OS (W D J) 3 December 1964.

Uniserial bone harpoon (NMS HL 404) dated by radiocarbon to 5860 +/- 90bc (OxA-1948), 6040-5680 cal BC.

NMRS MS/735/1.


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