Aberdeenshire SMR - NJ72SE0013 - BASS OF INVERURIE

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Primary ReferenceNJ72SE0013
NameBASS OF INVERURIE
NRHE Card No.NJ72SE13
NRHE Numlink 18883
HES Ref No. 
HES SM No. 99
HES LB No.
Site Form Earthwork
Site Condition Incomplete
Details Remains of a motte and bailey castle, dating from the 12th Century. The bass is a natural mound which was converted to a motte by the scarping of its sides and the excavation of a ditch around it which is now infilled. The bailey lies to the East (NJ72SE0127), known as the Little Bass. The motte and bailey were originally joined, but landscaping work in 1883 cut a path between the two, as well as levelling the top of the motte. The motte now stands in the middle of a cemetery (NJ72SE0211). The original dimensions of the ditch surrounding the motte were revealed during grave-digging. The mound is currently c.12m in height and c.18m in diameter across its top. During excavations in the 19th Century the remains of an oaken gangway up the S face of the motte were discovered. Worked flints have been found around the base of the motte and also a cushion macehead and an adze. Pieces of a 14th Century face mask jug were found in the ditch during grave digging. The hereditary constables of Inverurie during the 12th - 13th Centuries were the De Lesselyn (Leslie) family. The castle appears to have been the administrative centre for the Garioch area in the 12th and 13th Centuries.
Last Update15/08/2017
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Date of Compilation 

Easting: 378090.939324381, Northing: 820598.502546059

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National Grid Reference: NJ 7809 2059



Event Details

Event DateEvent TypeOASIS ID
2012 Field Observation

Excavations and Surveys


Artefact and Ecofact

Date MDate YArtefact TypeFinderRecovery MethodConditionStorage LocationAccess No.
 1883 CUSHION MACEHEAD National Museum of Scotland MEA 344
 1883 ADZE National Museum of Scotland MEA 345
   FACE-MASK JUG Stray Find  
   WORKED FLINTS Stray Find  

Ecofact

Samples
Palynology
Ecofact Notes

Monument Types

Monument Type 1Monument Type 2Monument Type 3OrderProbability
MOTTES REMAINS OFA100
DITCHES SITE OFB100
GANGWAYSWOODSITE OFC100
POTTERY  D100
JUGSFACE-MASKREMAINS OFE100
FLINTS WORKEDF100
ADZES  G100
MACE-HEADSCUSHION H100