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The Bronze Age

Ritual

Cist burial, Mainsriddle, Colvend and Southwick

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

The man, possibly a warrior, died about 3,800 years ago.  He is buried in a way typical of the Beaker people, in a crouched position in a short stone-lined pit or cist.  The cist was lined with greywacke boulders and was topped by a pink granite capstone.  Sherds from a beaker were found at this feet.  He was about fifty-five years old and five foot nine inches tall.  A cloak fastening ring made from a human backbone was found beside him.  Other burials similar to this have contained weapons and archery equipment.

 

TRUCKELL, A E - "A Bronze Age Cist at Mainsriddle". TDGNHAS, 3rd Series, Volume XXXV, 1956-57, pp112-116. Dumfries, 1958.         

 

Materials/Media:
stone, bones, pottery
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0200.3.1=3
Digital Number:
DMMS020n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council