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The excavation of a chambered cairn, the Ord North, at Lairg, Sutherland, by J. X. W. P. Corcoran

Sharples, Niall ORCID: 1981. The excavation of a chambered cairn, the Ord North, at Lairg, Sutherland, by J. X. W. P. Corcoran. Proceedings Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 111 , pp. 21-62.

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In 1967, the late J X W P Corcoran, then a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow excavated a chambered tomb for the Ministry of Public Building and Works. The tomb was situated to the W of the village of Lairg in central Sutherland on the small hill known as the Ord. It consisted of a well-preserved bipartite tomb entering in the SE of a large heart-shaped cairn surrounded by a low platform. The Neolithic levels remained undisturbed and finds from these included a small flint assemblage and a variety of potsherds representing a wide range of vessel shapes and fabrics, including an Unstan bowl. An intrusive, early Bronze Age, burial consisted of a cremation associated with a Food Vessel, and a small decorated bone mount. Radiocarbon dates were obtained for most of the important levels and for the first time give us an independent assessment of the age of the tombs in the north mainland.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
ISSN: 0081-1564
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 15:48

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