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Human Remains (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S) (Bronze Age)

Site Name Cowdenbeath

Classification Human Remains (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S) (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Tollie Hill

Canmore ID 51077

Site Number NT19SE 1

NGR NT 1634 9325

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Ballingry
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Dunfermline
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT19SE 1 1634 9325

(NT 1634 9325) Bronze Age Cemetery near Cowdenbeath: Sherds of pottery were found on Cowdenbeath Golf Course in Sept 1927 and further finds in October 1928 led to the identifying of six urns. Five of the urns were found in an area about 14ft. by 5ft.

One urn contained cremated remains, while a second contained the remains of a woman, and a green deposit of cuprous oxide showed the presence of a small bronze or copper object in the vessel.

The bones were examined by Sir Arthur Keith who identified Bronze Age characteristics.

A D Lacaille 1931.

A Cinerary Urn and Bronze Age fragments found at Cowdenbeath in 1928 are in Kirkcaldy Museum.

Kirkcaldy Museum 1950.

The site falls on the Western end of Tollie Hill where a low vague mound may indicate the former presence of a tumulus.

Two urns, classified as late Bronze Age, fragments of another urn and some calcined bones are on display in Kirkcaldy Museum (No accession number.)

Visited by OS (WDJ), 25 February 1959.


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