Excavation of a Bronze Age funerary site at Loth Road, Sanday, Orkney
Cremation Burial, Kerbed Cairn, Funerary, Cremated Human Bone, Vessel, Pits
Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK
Excavations in 1991 beside Loth Road, Sanday (NGR: HY 60553 34489), 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.