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Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cist (Period Unassigned), Cinerary Urn

Site Name Bylbster

Classification Cairn (Period Unassigned), Cist (Period Unassigned), Cinerary Urn

Canmore ID 8775

Site Number ND25SE 7

NGR ND 2572 5409

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Watten
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Caithness
  • Former County Caithness

Archaeology Notes

ND25SE 7 2572 5409.

(ND 2572 5409) Site of (NAT) Pict's House (NR) Stone Cist containing an Urn, Human Remains, and Bronze Ornament found here (NAT)

OS 25" map, Caithness, (1872)

Mr Doull (A Doull, farmer, Bylbster) was removing stones from this cairn when he discovered a stone cist 'of the usual description'; in removing this cist he found, and broke, an urn. In this cairn he also found a bronze shoe buckle and a great quantitiy of bones, some calcined. Mr Doull says that he gave the buckle and many pieces of bone to the late Dr Sinclair of Wick for transmission to the Edinburgh Museum.

Name Book 1871.

A slight swelling in a grass field marks the site of this cairn, of which no trace now remains. No further information was obtained.

Visited by OS (W D J) 24 April 1963.

(ND 2572 5409) Cairn (NR) (site of)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

As described by the previous field investigator.

Visited by OS (N K B) 29 April 1982

Cairn and cist, Bylbster. Dimensions: 49 x 33m. Subcircular grass-covered rise 0.25-0.30m high.

R J Mercer, NMRS MS/828/19, 1995.


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