Hunter, Fraser (1999) Fieldwork at Birnie, Moray, 1998. Project Report. National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In 1996 a number of Roman silver coins were discovered by metal detecting at Dykeside, near Birnie, Moray. The findspot lies in an area of a later prehistoric settlement known for cropmarks, on a gravel terrace. It is also within 400 m of Birnie Kirk, one of the earliest Christian sites in Moray.
A limited season of fieldwork over two weekends in 1998 was carried out to assess the potential of the area. Artefacts recovered on the Dykeside site indicate activity during the Neolithic/Bronze Age, the Iron Age and the Medieval period. Trial excavation indicated good survival of sub-surface archaeology, including what appeared to be a well-preserved burnt house, and recovered dating samples.
Work in the field immediately east of Birnie Kirk itself produceda much more limited range of material, as would be expected given its low-lying location. The relative lack of medieval finds provides a hint that cropmarks in the filed may be pre-medieval.
Further work is planned.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: One of a series of excavation reports of Birnie (1998-)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Iron Age Birnie Romans Scotland Antiquities Bronze Age Middle Ages
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 13:23
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2013 14:00
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/33

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