Cist behind the Binns: the excavation of an Iron Age cist burial at the House of the Binns, West Lothian*

Daniel Rhodes (Author)

Elizabeth Jones (Author)

L Sinfield (Contributor)

Dawn McLaren (Contributor)

Penelope Walton-Rogers (Contributor)


Keyword(s):
Human bone, Penannular brooch, Cist burial, human remains, textile
Location(s):
House of the Binns; West Lothian; Scotland; UKNGR: 305080,678567(Point)
Period(s):
Iron Age

Abstract


During a routine archaeological monitoring visit to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property at the House of the Binns in August 2013, human bone was discovered eroding from a small bedrock quarry face. Following investigation by the NTS Archaeology Team this was identified as the remains of two male skeletons from the first centuries bc/ad. Both were buried within a single stone cist, with the remains of one individual (30–50 years old) clearly disturbed during the placement of the second (a young adult). The second individual was placed in a crouched position on his left side and was wearing a penannular brooch on his left shoulder. A significant element of the site is the survival of some extremely rare Iron Age textile upon the brooch.

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Published
30-11-2017
How to Cite
Rhodes, D., Jones, E., Sinfield, L., McLaren, D., & Walton-Rogers, P. (2017). Cist behind the Binns: the excavation of an Iron Age cist burial at the House of the Binns, West Lothian*. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 146, 103-112. https://doi.org/10.9750/PSAS.146.201819
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