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Hoard (Bronze Age)

Site Name Dores

Classification Hoard (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 348027

Site Number NH53SE 47

NGR NH 58 33

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Dores
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire


Metal Detector Find (2013)

NH 58 33 Metal detecting resulted in the discovery of a Late Bronze Age hoard comprising a mixture of complete objects and metalworking debris, apparently dispersed by ploughing. The hoard consists of two complete socketed axeheads; the upper socket portion and the blade portion of a further two socketed axeheads; a tanged knife with crescentic blade; a socketed gouge; a socketed knife; a miscast socketed knife and a casting jet (most likely from the gate of a mould for a socketed axehead) and a lump of melted bronze. It is unusual to find casting debris in Scottish hoards and this is also an unusually large hoard for the Highland region. Excavation around the presumed locus of the hoard revealed two, as yet undated, fire-pits with charcoal-rich fills but shed no immediate light on the original circumstances of the metalwork deposit.

Claimed as Treasure Trove (TT 14/13), allocated to Inverness Museum and Art gallery

Trevor Cowie, National Museums Scotland, 2013

(Source: DES)


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