A Shell-Heap at Polmonthill, Falkirk

Robert Stevenson (Author)


Keyword(s):
Pit, Buckies Burnt, Mussels Winkles Cockles, Charcoal, Oyster Shells
Period(s):
1598, 1798

Abstract


A large shell heap on a raised beach was discovered by mechanical excavator. It measured 170 x 25 x 1.5 yards and comprised 6-7 million oyster shells with occasional mussels, winkles, cockles and buckies. Burnt layers with charcoal and heat-fractured pebbles were also present. A vertical sided pit was dug into the heap at an unknown date.

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Published
30-11-1946
How to Cite
Stevenson, R. (1946). A Shell-Heap at Polmonthill, Falkirk. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 80, 135-139. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8256
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