Excavation of a Bronze Age wicker container, Gearraidh na h'Aibhne, Isle of Lewis

Paul R J Duffy (Author)

Christopher Burgess (Contributor)

Mark Holmes (Contributor)

Jennifer Miller (Contributor)

Susan Ramsay (Contributor)

Radiocarbon, Wood Growthring Analysis, Sphagnum, Pit, Hazel, Bog Body, Hazel Pieces, Basket, Lewisian Gneiss
Western Isles, Scotland, UK
Bronze Age


An archaeological excavation was carried out at Gearraidh na h'Aibhne near Calanais on the Isle of Lewis (NGR: NB 2333 3068) by Northamptonshire Archaeology, working for Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division (GUARD) as part of the Historic Scotland Human Remains Call Off Contract. The site, initially interpreted as a cist potentially containing a bog body, was identified during annual peat cutting. Excavation demonstrated that the feature was in fact an oval pit containing a quantity of hazel branches, capped with a number of flat slabs of Lewisian Gneiss. Several similar stones had been placed in the base of the feature, overlying more hazel branches.


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Duffy, Paul, Christopher Burgess, Mark Holmes, Jennifer Miller, and Susan Ramsay. 2006. “Excavation of a Bronze Age Wicker Container, Gearraidh Na H’Aibhne, Isle of Lewis”. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 19 (January), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.9750/issn.2056-7421.2006.19.1-16.