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Inhumation (Pictish), Settlement (Norse)

Site Name Sangobeg

Classification Inhumation (Pictish), Settlement (Norse)

Canmore ID 317873

Site Number NC46NW 30

NGR NC 429 663

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Durness
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Sutherland
  • Former County Sutherland


Excavation (2000)

Salvage excavation was carried out on an archaeological site, discovered during the North Sutherland Coastal Zone Assessment Survey in 1998, in dunes at Sangobeg, near Durness in northern Sutherland. The excavation, conducted in 2000, uncovered the fragmentary remains of probable Norse-period settlement, including stone walling, a hearth and occupation deposits that had been truncated by erosion. Sealed beneath the Norse-period remains was the burial of a child of indeterminate sex, aged between 8–10 years, who had been placed in a 'exed position on a bed of quartzite pebbles and covered with a mound of cleansand, capped with larger quartzite stones. The burial was dated by radiocarbonto 170 cal BC–cal AD 30 (GU-12535).

K Brady, O Lelong and C Batey


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