Excavation of a Bronze Age funerary site at Loth Road, Sanday, Orkney

Author(s): Paul Sharman

Contributor(s): Ann Clarke, Ann MacSween, Julie Roberts, Diane Alldritt, Effie Photos-Jones

Summary: 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.

Keyword(s): Cremation Burial, Kerbed Cairn, Funerary, Cremated Human Bone, Vessel, Pits

Period(s): Bronze Age

Location(s): NGR: HY 60553 34489

ISBN: 0 903903 95 4

Published: 01-01-2007