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Islay, Ballinaby 3

Inhumation (Viking), Long Cist (Viking), Axehead (Iron)(Viking), Buckle (Viking), Shield (Viking), Sword (Viking)

Site Name Islay, Ballinaby 3

Classification Inhumation (Viking), Long Cist (Viking), Axehead (Iron)(Viking), Buckle (Viking), Shield (Viking), Sword (Viking)

Canmore ID 37410

Site Number NR26NW 4.03

NGR NR 214 671

NGR Description NR c. 214 671

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilchoman
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll


Field Visit (June 1980)

NR26NW 4.3 2181 6717.

Ballinaby 3, Islay. In 1932 a large cist aligned with its long axis ENE and WSW was discovered about 360m W of NR26NW 4.01 on a natural rock shelf near the top of a knoll covered with drifting sand (NR c.214 671). At the time of its discovery the structure consisted of twelve large slabs, four of which were set on edge to form each side, and four cover slabs. There were no end-slabs in position, but several suitable stones are recorded as lying nearby. The cist measured about 2.1m in length, 0.5m in depth and between 0.6m and 0.8m in width internally; it contained a skeleton in an extended position with the head at the WSW end. The burial was accompanied by a iron axe, sword, shield-boss, fragments of an iron sickle or knife, a bronze buckle and ringed pin.

RCAHMS 1984, visited June 1980

(Edwards 1934, 74-8; NMAS IL 125-56)


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