Excavation of Graves at Ackergill and of an Earth-house at Freswick Links, Caithness, and a Description of the Discovery of a Viking Grave at Reay, Caithness. With a Preliminary Note on the Skeletal Remains from the Various Graves

Arthur Edwards (Author)

Thomas Bryce (Author)


Keyword(s):
Graves, Whetstone, Long Cists, Burials, Pottery, Midden, Grave, Enclosures, Fish, Iron Axe Shield Boss Sickle Bronze Ringheaded Pin, Walls, Floor, Viking Grave, Mound
Period(s):
16th Century

Abstract


Further excavation at Ackergill near Wick revealed a further five long cists containing extended burials. Three of the cists were located within kerbed four-sided enclosures beneath a single mound. A smaller adjacent mound sealed the other two cists. The stone-built earth-house consisted of two curvilinear chambers and a passageway. A layer of clay covered the floor and parts of the walls. A midden located nearby included pottery sherds, animal and fish bones. The grave at Reay contained an extended male skeleton buried with an iron axe, shield boss, sickle, bronze ring-headed pin and a whetstone.

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Published
30-11-1927
How to Cite
Edwards, A., & Bryce, T. (1927). Excavation of Graves at Ackergill and of an Earth-house at Freswick Links, Caithness, and a Description of the Discovery of a Viking Grave at Reay, Caithness. With a Preliminary Note on the Skeletal Remains from the Various Graves. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 61, 196-209. Retrieved from http://soas.is.ed.ac.uk/index.php/psas/article/view/7695
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