Issue: SAIR 29: A Bronze Age burial from Pabay Mor, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles

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Abstract In 2002 human remains were reported eroding from a section of sandy cliff on the eastern side of the island of Pabay Mor, Isle of Lewis. Subsequent excavation of the site was undertaken by GUARD, as part of the Historic Scotland Human Remains Call-off Contract. This revealed a burial of a mature male of approximately 50-59 years of age, placed in a grave adjacent to a marker stone. The burial was crouched and aligned north-south and accompanied by a small undecorated pot, a polished stone and a pumice polisher. A radiocarbon date of 1450-1290 cal BC (GU-13838) was obtained from human bone from the burial. A second, infant, individual, represented only by a fragment of mandible, was identified from disarticulated remains found at the burial.<br /><br />The project has been funded by Historic Scotland.
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Author Rachel Barrowman
Lorna Innes
Issue Editor Helen Bleck
Publisher Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Year of Publication 2009
Volume 29
ISBN 0 903903 98 1
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Abstract
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In 2002 human remains were reported eroding from a section of sandy cliff on the eastern side of the island of Pabay Mor, Isle of Lewis. Subsequent excavation of the site was undertaken by GUARD, as part of the Historic Scotland Human Remains Call-off Contract. This revealed a burial of a mature male of approximately 50-59 years of age, placed in a grave adjacent to a marker stone. The burial was crouched and aligned north-south and accompanied by a small undecorated pot, a polished stone and a pumice polisher. A radiocarbon date of 1450-1290 cal BC (GU-13838) was obtained from human bone from the burial. A second, infant, individual, represented only by a fragment of mandible, was identified from disarticulated remains found at the burial.\r\n
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This section presents details of site location, its description, circumstances of discovery and the background to the excavation.
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A summary of the excavation aims is followed by an archaeological description of the remains.
Paul R J Duffy
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Paul R J Duffy
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Specialist report on the human remains which comprised an adult male and a single infant mandible.
Lorna Innes
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Lorna Innes
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The date from Pabay Mor is comparable with two dated burials from Cnip on the island of Lewis.
Gavin MacGregor
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Gavin MacGregor
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The closest parallels for the vessel are associated with burials at Cnip.
Beverley Ballin-Smith
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Beverley Ballin-Smith
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A quartzite stone with possible polish and a pumice stone with possible working were associated with the burial.
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The salient features of the burial are discussed and it is placed in the wider context of Bronze Age burial in the Western Isles.
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Details of archive deposition and finds disposal.
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Rachel Barrowman
Lorna Innes
In 2002 human remains were reported eroding from a section of sandy cliff on the eastern side of the island. Subsequent excavation of the site was undertaken by GUARD (Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division), as part of the Historic Scotland Human Remains Call-off Contract. This revealed a burial of a mature male of approximately 50'“59 years of age, placed in a grave adjacent to a marker stone. The burial was crouched and aligned north'“south and accompanied by a small undecorated pot, a polished stone and a pumice polisher. A radiocarbon date of 1450'“1290 cal bc (GU-13838) was obtained from human bone from the burial. A second - infant - individual, represented only by a fragment of mandible, was identified from disarticulated remains found at the burial. The project has been funded by Historic Scotland.