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Gouge (Bronze), Hoard (Bronze), Knife (Bronze), Socketed Axehead(S) (Bronze), Spearhead (Bronze)

Site Name Killin

Classification Gouge (Bronze), Hoard (Bronze), Knife (Bronze), Socketed Axehead(S) (Bronze), Spearhead (Bronze)

Alternative Name(s) Monmore; Monadh-mor

Canmore ID 24220

Site Number NN53SE 7

NGR NN 569 325

NGR Description NN c569 325

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Killin
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN53SE 7 569 325.

A bronze hoard was found c.1867 in trenching on the south-west side and within a few yards of the top of a small natural Knoll which lies immediately behind the western-most houses in Monadh-mor, Killin (i.e. area NN 569 325). The objects were apparently tied together.

C Stewart 1882

The hoard, which dates from the seventh century BC, consists of 2 socketed axes, a spearhead, a socketed gouge, a tanged knife and nine rings. Purchased for the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) in 1882 (Accession nos. DQ 50 - 65).

J M Coles 1962

The site of this find could not be located. The area indicated by Stewart is now mostly built over.

Visited by OS (WDJ) 18 August 1969.

Hoard, found in 1868 while trenching on a small knoll. The objects may have been tied together.

1045. (Socketed axe of Portree type). Socketed axe, smooth, cast, black, untrimmed, jets at mouth; length 65mm, mouth 23 x 24mm, cutting edge 47mm, weight 140 gms. NMAS DQ 52.

1216. (Socketed axe of Meldreth type). Socketed axe, smooth, small falws, trimmed, cleaned (?), now green and black; length 105mm, mouth 22 x 24mm, cutting edge 54mm, weight 170 gms. NMAS DQ 51.

The two axes from the Monmore hoard are interesting in that both have a pronounced 'negative' collar (and everted mouth), where all others have a 'positive' or 'overhanging' collar, if they have one at all. In this respect the two axes are very similar, suggesting that they were made by the same craftsman.

Associated finds: leaf-shaped spearhead, tanged knife, socketed gouge, emi-tubular ring, Covesea armlet, nine rings of varying diameter with oval or round sections.

P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.


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