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Islay, Loch Ard Achadh

Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Socketed Axehead (Bronze)

Site Name Islay, Loch Ard Achadh

Classification Building(S) (Period Unassigned), Socketed Axehead (Bronze)

Alternative Name(s) Loch Arachaid

Canmore ID 37628

Site Number NR34SW 2

NGR NR 3108 4294

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kildalton And Oa
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR34SW 2 3108 4294

See also;

NR34SW 46 NR 3109 4294 Farmstead; Head-dyke

(NR 3108 4294) (information contained in letter from W D Lamont 2 October 1957). The extensive turf-covered remains of much older buildings lie immediately E of the modern ruins above Loch Ard Achadh. These may conceivably be Norse. Certainly the site was apparently occupied in the Bronze or Early Iron Age as a Late Bronze Age Socketed axe, found near the loch, is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS Accession no: DE 97) (Lamont 1959). It was purchased in 1927.

W Lamont 1959; J M Coles 1962; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1928.

All that can be seen at the above map reference are some grass-covered foundations of probably 18th-19th century origin.

Visited by OS (BS) 3 June 1978.

(Meldreth type with embellished facets). Single find. Socketed axe, brown, rough, untrimmed, haft ribs inside. Length 70mm, mouth 20 x 25 mm, cutting edge 43mm, weight 95 gms. NMAS DE 97.

P K Schmidt and C B Burgess 1981.


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