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Lewis, Newmarket

Axehead(S) (Stone), Unidentified Flint (Flint)

Site Name Lewis, Newmarket

Classification Axehead(S) (Stone), Unidentified Flint (Flint)

Canmore ID 4301

Site Number NB43NW 2

NGR NB 4263 3676

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish Stornoway
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NB43NW 2 4263 3676.

NB 4263 3676. Three stone axes and a flint fragment were found in 1977 in peat cuttings at this spot. The axes, which measured 110mm x 56mm x 30mm, 115mm x 26mm x 29mm, and 109mm x 50mm x 22mm, were found arranged touching with tips down, while the flint fragment lay beneath them, at the bottom of the peat. It measured 37mm x 30mm x 12mm. These items are in the possession of the finder, Mrs Morrison, 100 Newmarket, Lewis.

DES 1977; Information contained in letter from M and G Ponting to J Close-Brooks (National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland [NMAS]) 20 February 1979.

The position of the axes when found suggests that they were buried in a container, perhaps a bag. They are made from foliated quartzitic gneiss.

Proc Soc Antiq Scot 1980.

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