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Arran, Machrie Moor 4

Cist (Prehistoric), Human Remains (Prehistoric), Stone Circle (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age), Awl (Bronze)(Prehistoric), Flake (Flint)(Prehistoric), Food Vessel (Pottery)(Bronze Age)

Site Name Arran, Machrie Moor 4

Classification Cist (Prehistoric), Human Remains (Prehistoric), Stone Circle (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age), Awl (Bronze)(Prehistoric), Flake (Flint)(Prehistoric), Food Vessel (Pottery)(Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 39701

Site Number NR93SW 1.02

NGR NR 91001 32355

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Ayrshire
  • Parish Kilmory
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cunninghame
  • Former County Buteshire

Archaeology Notes (1977)

NR93SW 1.02 91001 32355.

B: at NR 9100 3235. This monument consists of four granite blocks, about 0.9m high, not quite equidistant from each other, so that they form an ellipse with its longer axis, about 6.4m long, lying N-S. Excavating in 1861, Bryce found a cist (0.9m long, 0.4m wide and 0.6m deep) in the centre. In it was an inhumation accompanied by an Irish tripartite bowl food vessel, a bronze awl, and three flint flakes. The finds were donated to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) in 1863 by the Duke of Hamilton.

Information from OS (IF) 25 August 1977.

Sources: J N G Ritchie (ed.) 1973; J Bryce 1863; Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1865

Centred NR 9100 3235. A setting of four rounded boulders on flat open moorland. There is no evidence of other stones, and a geometric pattern cannot be deduced.

Surveyed at 1:10 000.

Visited by OS (BS) 13 September 1977.


Aerial Photography (13 December 1996)

Note (23 July 2018 - 24 July 2018)

The location, classification and period of this site have been reviewed.

HES Survey and Recording 23-24 July 2018.


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