Excavation of a Bronze Age funerary site at Loth Road, Sanday, Orkney
Cremation Burial, Kerbed Cairn, Funerary, Cremated Human Bone, Vessel, Pits
Loth Road; Sanday; Orkney. NGR: HY 60553 34489
Excavations in 1991 beside Loth Road, Sanday, revealed a funerary site, including two cists, which contained cremated human bone, and several pits. The cremation burial in one of the cists was contained in a soapstone vessel. These features presented evidence for the sorting, selection and differential deposition of pyre remains. The cists and pits were surmounted by a kerbed cairn of unusual construction. Radiocarbon dates from the pits placed the site in the Early to Middle Bronze Age.