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Alloa, Mars Hill

Cist(S) (Bronze Age), Armlet(S) (Gold)(Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S) (Bronze Age)

Site Name Alloa, Mars Hill

Classification Cist(S) (Bronze Age), Armlet(S) (Gold)(Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S) (Bronze Age)

Canmore ID 47240

Site Number NS89SE 9

NGR NS 8843 9297

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Clackmannan
  • Parish Alloa
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Clackmannan
  • Former County Clackmannanshire

Archaeology Notes ( - 1973)

NS89SE 9 8843 9297

(Name: NS 8843 9297) Stone Coffins and Urns found here (NAT)

OS 1:500 map (1866)

Two or more cists and twenty-two cinerary urns were found in March 1828 at Alloa in repairing the road on Mars Hill which forms the northern boundary of the minister's glebe area NS 884 929). According to one account the urns were inverted on pieces of flagstone. Only one of them - an overhanging rim urn is known; it is in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS) (EA 7). A further urn was found in 1850 (J Crawford 1874).

Two Late Bronze Age gold armlets, one of Irish and the other of Covesea type (J M Coles 1962) are said to have been found on the cover of a cist. They are in the (NMAS) (Accession nos EQ 118-9). The NSA (1845) states that they were found in a cist, and that another pair, exactly similar, were found in another cist. These were bought by a pedlar and never traced. It seems possible that the armlet said to have been found at the mouth of a fox's earth near Alloa (NS89SE 2) may have come from this site. (See also NS89SE 20).

J Anderson 1883; 1886; D Wilson 1851.

At Alloa, 22 cinerary urns were found, and among the group was a short cist containing an unburnt skeleton and two penannular gold armlets.

W Turner 1917.

No further information.

Visited by OS (DWR), 8 February 1973.


Note (1978)

At least two cists and twenty-two Cinerary Urns were discovered in a ‘tumulus’ during road construction in 1828, and a further urn was discovered in 1850. Both cremated and unburnt bone was found with the Cinerary Urns; the two cists contained inhumations accompanied by gold armlets of Late Bronze Age type. The surviving objects are in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS nos. EA7, EQ118-19). It is possible that the eight or nine ‘urns’ recorded as coming from ‘the head of the town of Alloa’ in 1758 were found in the same area.



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