Aberdeenshire HER - NJ96SE0027 - CAIRN MUIR

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Primary ReferenceNJ96SE0027
NameCAIRN MUIR
NRHE Card No.NJ96SE1
NRHE Numlink 20804
HES SM No.
HES LB No.
Site Form Documentary Record Only
Site Condition Destroyed
Details Site of two large cairns (also at NJ9756 6213), originally of a group of three which includes the extant cairn NJ96SE0001, and which were spaced c 100 yards apart and associated with many small cairns. One was dug into at its centre before 1780. Only human bones were found though many of the stones at the centre were burnt, almost to vitrification. In the foundation of the other were discovered an urn reported to have contained calcined bones. The urn is medieval (NMAS) although according to J Gordon who gave it to the museum in 1827 nothing was found in the urn. There were also several human skulls and a short sword lying beside the urn. The sword was 'one-edged, a brass hilt and iron blade enclosed in a wooden scabbard'. There is no record of a sword or bones in the museum. No further information. At the positions indicated there are circular enclosures or ring ditches showing as cropmarks, one more prominent than the other, so features may still survive in the area.
Last Update08/04/2019
Updated Bycpalmer
Compiler 
Date of Compilation 

Easting: 397520.653031434, Northing: 862108.720422224

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Event Details


Excavations and Surveys


Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
   URN Excavation National Museum of Scotland EH 2
   IRON SWORD Excavation Unknown  

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
CAIRNS SITE OFA100
BONESHUMAN B100
BONESHUMANBURNTC100
SKULLS  D100
URNS GLAZEDE100
SWORDSIRONONE-EDGEDF100
HILTSBRASS G100
SCABBARDSWOODEN H100