When a prehistoric burial was accidentally discovered in September 2011 during the construction of a septic tank at Spinningdale in Sutherland, GUARD Archaeology were called out to investigate and made an extraordinary find.
Through Historic Scotland’s Human Remain Call-Off Contract, the GUARD Archaeology team, led by Iraia Arabaolaza, were commissioned to excavate a stone cist, built within a substantial pit, containing the remains of a crouched inhumation of a middle-aged adult female (35-50 years) with signs of spinal joint disease.
A radiocarbon date of 2051-1911 BC and 2151-2018 BC was obtained from a bone and charcoal fragments respectively, placing the cist in the early Bronze Age period. A tripartite food vessel urn, of Early Bronze Age date, was placed to the west of her skull, but what made this burial a particularly extraordinary site was the discovery of sheepskin and wool recovered from under the skeletal remains. Read more.
Early Bronze Age remains from a burial site in Dartmoor National Park will be X-rayed at Salisbury District Hospital.
The items were found in a burial cist, a stone chest containing the ashes and belongings of a dead person.
Senior conservator, Helen Williams, said: “We have a real opportunity to research these finds and potentially discover more about the individual buried there.”
The items, which include a woven bag, will be scanned at the spinal unit.
The burial cist was excavated from Whitehorse Hill in August 2011.
Archaeologists found cremated human bone, burnt textile, and a delicate woven bag inside.
The bag contained shale disc beads, amber spherical beads and a circular textile band. Read more.
An archaeologist has uncovered the remains of an ancient burial cist and pottery at the site of a new £1.3m health center on Skye.
No human remains have been found, but further excavations and chemical tests on material recovered will delay the building project for about two weeks.
Archaeologist Steven Birch also found a cairn and an underground structure known as a souterrain.
NHS Highland said it still expected the center to be completed by March 2012.
The finds could date from the Iron Age. Read more.