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Haugh Of Grandtully

Cremation Cemetery (Prehistoric), Pit(S) (Period Unassigned), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead(S) (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)

Site Name Haugh Of Grandtully

Classification Cremation Cemetery (Prehistoric), Pit(S) (Period Unassigned), Barbed And Tanged Arrowhead(S) (Bronze Age), Cinerary Urn(S), Unidentified Pottery (Neolithic)

Alternative Name(s) Grandtully

Canmore ID 79704

Site Number NN95SW 44

NGR NN 922 533

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

C14 Radiocarbon Dating


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Perth And Kinross
  • Parish Little Dunkeld
  • Former Region Tayside
  • Former District Perth And Kinross
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN95SW 44 922 533

(Formerly NN95SW 8 - incorrectly recorded at NN 9277 5277)

A Neolithic and Bronze Age site at Grandtully was excavated by Dr J M Coles and Mr D D A Simpson in April 1966 and 1967 following its discovery during the digging of a gas pipline trench in 1965. The site is on the S side of the Tay, on a terrace overlooking the river, 5 miles E of Aberfeldy. Dug into a small patch of gravel was a series of pits and scoops filled with stones, gravel, sand and charcoal, and a variety of neolithic wares. The pits were an average depth of 12" except one, 4' deep and cylindrical. Sherds from a single vessel were recovered from more than one pit. At the NW corner of the gravel area were a number of cremation burials. Two of these were in collared urns, one in an anomalous pot, and the rest simple deposits of bones, one of the latter accompanied by five barbed and tanged arrowheads. A series of shallow stake holes c. 3" in diameter formed a double row N of the Bronze Age cemetery and further groups were in association with two of the neolithic pits.

D D A Simpson 1967.

The site was indicated at NN 9277 5277 by Miss Clark (E I Clark, Fasgadh, Weem), where a broken turf line marks the position of the excavation. [Grid Reference incorrect]

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (A A) 18 March 1975.

This site lies on a gravel terrace to the south of the river Tay. A collared urn was discovered here in 1965 during the digging of a trench for a gas pipeline. In 1966 an area of 65 sq. metres was examined followed in 1967 by an area of 350 sq. metres. These excavations revealed a series of pits and scoops dug into the terrace. Two phases of activity were represented, a late Neolithic phase with pottery deposited in a number of pits, perhaps ritually, and a subsequent

Bronze Age flat cemetery containing urned and simple cremation deposits (MS/813).

D D A Simpson and J M Coles 1991


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