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In March 2005, excavations were undertaken by Glasgow University Archaeological Research
Division (GUARD) at the Craig Tara Holiday Park, Dunure Road, Ayr in advance of proposed
development. Two main archaeological sites were examined.
The first, a flat cist cemetery covered by an earthen mound, comprised 23 separate burial features
of varying morphology from two separate phases of burial, including cists, pits and what has been
interpreted as a ‘boat-shaped’ setting. Nine cremations and four possible inhumations were recovered
from within the burial features as well as a range of material culture including Food Vessels, flint
artefacts and a bone pin. Dating of cremated bone from the cists indicated that activity at the site
stretched from the late third to the early second millennium bc.
The second site, a demolished or fallen standing stone, was located some 35m to the north and east
of the first. Although the sequence of monument construction and demolition is clear, the reasons for
the demolition of the stone are less so. However, a rare opportunity to date the stone was presented
with the identification of a cremation deposit within the construction pit backfill. This indicated that
the stone was constructed in the last quarter of the second millennium bc, suggesting a continuum of
activity in the area late into the second millennium bc.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
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Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 14:58
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