A cremation pit at Howford, Strichen, Aberdeenshire

Moira Greig (Author)

Sue Anderson (Contributor)

Ann Clarke (Contributor)

Michael Cressey (Contributor)

Jacqueline McKinley (Contributor)

Dawn McLaren (Contributor)

Cremation Pit, Clay ornaments, Human remains, Cinerary urn, Unidentified flint, Cremation cemetery, ivory fragment
Bronze Age


A small emergency excavation was undertaken under extreme conditions in 1984 after receiving a report that a Bronze Age urn was visible in an eroded embankment after a heavy frost. Cremated remains of a female adult and infant, 11 burnt flints, a possible fragment of ivory and five pierced clay ornaments were subsequently recovered from the remains of a cremation pit, but no urn was recorded. A radiocarbon determination 3510 ± 30 BP (SUERC-33727) was obtained from birchwood charcoal within the pit and a date from oak charcoal of 3600 ± 30 BP (SUERC-33728). Unfortunately, a few of these artefacts have been mislaid since deposition in a museum so were unavailable for analysis. The same site produced two other cremation pits, one in 1970 and another later in 1986, which produced a date of 3460 ± 35 BP (GrA-28622), suggesting a larger cemetery exists.


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Greig, M., Anderson, S., Clarke, A., Cressey, M., McKinley, J., & McLaren, D. (2017). A cremation pit at Howford, Strichen, Aberdeenshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 146, 91–102. https://doi.org/10.9750/PSAS.146.1208

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