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Site Name Auldearn

Classification Buckle

Canmore ID 282710

Site Number NH45NW 26

NGR NH 41 56

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Contin
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH45NW 26 41 56

Romanesque zoomorphic buckle (NMS) NH 41 56 Fine late 12th/early 13th-century solid copper-alloy D-shaped buckle, with animal heads cast in the round depicted biting either end of the buckle bar; recovered by metal detecting. The style is typically Romanesque and few small metal objects of this period and this quality remain intact in Scotland, making this a significant find. Dimensions 51 x 28.5mm.

Claimed as Treasure Trove (TT.58/04) and allocated to Inverness Museum.

J Shiels 2005.


Watching Brief (28 March 2001)

A watching brief was conducted on behalf of Mr. M Finnie by the Stuart Farrell for a development of an extension to the rear of 1 Newbiggings Buildings, High Street, Auldearn.

The area of the development lies in the centre of the village of Auldearn. The village is known to have existed from the late 12th century when the village is recorded in a charter of King William the Lion (1165-1214) in relation to the site of the castle.


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