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Balblair

Cist (Period Unassigned), Beaker(S)

Site Name Balblair

Classification Cist (Period Unassigned), Beaker(S)

Alternative Name(s) Groam Of Annat; Fyfe's Quarry

Canmore ID 75185

Site Number NH54SW 40

NGR NH 506 446

NGR Description NH c. 506 446

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmorack
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH54SW 40 c. 506 446.

Small but neatly-formed cist discovered during quarrying operations November 1990, containing two early Beakers, one of normal size and the other smaller. (Grid reference cited as NH c. 506 446.

Information from Mrs K Niven, Curator Inverness Museum, 20 November 1990.

Excavation by Inverness Museum following discovery of stone-lined cist and two beakers during topsoil stripping prior to excavation of Balblair sand and gravel quarry.

Rescue excavation produced no further finds and therefore concentrated on cist construction. The cist consisted of a large shattered cover slab of Beauly Sandstone, sealing a burial chamber lined on four sides by roughly dressed stone slabs. These side slabs were supported by pebble stone packing and were located within a larger excavation construction pit. Soil samples produced phosphate readings consistent with the presence of a decayed body within the acidic soil fill of the cist.

The small size of the cist interior (c45cm by 60cm) may indicate the burial being that of a child.

The two beakers recovered were of Northern (N3) type (INVMG 1992.019.1- 2).

Sponsor: Inverness District Council.

R G Hanley 1992.

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