Cist burial, Mainsriddle, Colvend and Southwick

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.           
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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