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Glasgow, Old St Enoch's Church

Polished Axehead (Jadeite), Logboat

Site Name Glasgow, Old St Enoch's Church

Classification Polished Axehead (Jadeite), Logboat

Alternative Name(s) St Enoch Square; Clyde 1; River Clyde

Canmore ID 44301

Site Number NS56SE 4

NGR NS 5892 6495

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Archaeology Notes

NS56SE 4 5892 6495.

(NS 5892 6494) Dugout Canoe & Neolithic Stone Axe found AD 1780 (NAT)

OS 1:1250 map, (1967)

A dug-out oak canoe was found in 1780 by workmen digging the foundations of St Enoch's Church. It lay 25' below the surface, and a polished jade axe was found within it, near the prow. The canoe was destroyed, but the axe (Smith's type IIa), measuring 14.1cm x 6.7cm x 2.7cm, is in private possession.

D Wilson 1863; J B 1856; J Buchanan 1855; W C Smith 1963.

St Enoch's Church, now demolished, stood at NS 5892 6494.

Visited by OS (W M J) 31 August 1951.

(Location cited as NS 589 649). In 1780 foundation work in the area now occupied by St Enoch Square revealed a logboat at a depth of about 7.6m and about 150m NNE of the present river bank. The boat lay horizontally and within the forward part there was found a jadeite axe (which is now held in Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum under accession number GAGM A8931).

[J Buchanan] 1848; D Wilson 1851; [J Buchanan] 1884; W C Smith 1963; J Murray 1994; R J C Mowat 1996; information from Dr C Batey.


Desk Based Assessment (October 2001)

Archaeological desk based study carried out on Glasgow Harbour by FIRAT Archaeological Services.


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