Cressey, M and Sheridan, J A (2003) The excavation of a bronze age cemetery at Seafield West, near Inverness, Highland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 133. pp. 47-84. ISSN 0081-1564

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Abstract

Excavations in 1996 in advance of a major commercial development at Seafield West revealed a
Bronze Age cemetery. Inside a ring-ditch were two adjacent graves with wooden coffins, one a boatshaped
hollowed tree-trunk, the other plank-built. Both had probably contained crouched inhumation
burials. Grave goods in the former included a bronze dagger of ‘Butterwick’ type whose scabbard of
wood and cattle hide produced a date of 3385±45 bp (1870–1520 cal bc at 2s), slightly later than
expected; those in the latter included an ‘Irish Bowl’ Food Vessel, believed to date to c 2000 bc. Both
items indicate links with Ireland. Also inside the ring-ditch were: a short stone cist; a pit containing
cremated human remains accompanied by three burnt barbed-and-tanged arrowheads and a mandible
fragment, probably of a dog or fox; and three pits, at least one of which might have been an
inhumation grave. Outside, and to the east, was a second short stone cist with a Beaker; to the west,
a cluster of truncated pit graves containing cremated human bone and pyre debris, and in one case
the remains of an urn and accessory vessel. One of these pit graves, dated to 3360±50 bp
(1750–1510 cal bc at 2s), contained the remains of an adult with cut marks on the skull. The
cemetery is around 700m from – and on the same gravel ridge as – the multi-phase site at Stoneyfield,
Raigmore, whose later phases featured a cist cemetery and a pit with a Cordoned Urn cremation
burial. Some residual lithic evidence for Mesolithic activity in the area was also recovered

Item Type: Article
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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: 21 Apr 2011 11:22
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2014 15:33
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/449

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