Excavation of a Bronze Age ring cairn at Cloburn Quarry, Cairngryffe Hill, Lanarkshire

Lelong, O. and Pollard, T. (1998) Excavation of a Bronze Age ring cairn at Cloburn Quarry, Cairngryffe Hill, Lanarkshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 128, pp. 105-142.

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Abstract

Excavation at Cloburn Quarry, Cairngryffe Hill, Lanarkshire, of a Bronze Age ring cairn in 1986-7 revealed a monument of considerable complexity. Its earlier phases appear to have consisted of timber and stone rings around a central cremation pit, with other cremations in small pits within the rings. The most intensive period of funerary activity followed the removal of these circular architectural elements and coincided with the deposition offelsite chips across the site. These later interments included a cremation accompanied by an entire Food Vessel Vase. The final phase saw the construction of the outer ring and an irregular platform cairn within it. A number of cremations were later put into the cairn. Radiocarbon dates of 3450 ±50 BP and 3460 + 60 BP (1890-1630 and 1910-1620 cal EC) suggest an Early Bronze Age date for the pre-cairn monument. The project was funded throughout by Historic Scotland and its predecessor department (SDD/HBM).

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lelong, Ms Olivia and Pollard, Professor Tony
Authors: Lelong, O., and Pollard, T.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > D History (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
ISSN:0081-1564

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