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Notes on structure found at Dunrobin 1880

Notes on structure found at Dunrobin 1880

Date Added: 17 October 2008 Year: 1880 Institution Name: dnhhl Cat No: | 2007_246_12 | Picture No: 5688

Notes on a structure found at Dunrobin in 1879 with accompanying sketch. Full text: "The accompanying sketch, with sections favoured by Mr Bisset, represents what may have been a place of human dwelling or sepulchre which I came upon while laying out the new hardwood nursery at Dunrobin 1879, but it had evidently been dismantled long before our operations began, singularly enough there was a large granite boulder placed immediately above the Circle indicating the spot under every pavement which all remained intact, contained under them separate beds of charcoal ashes, the pavements were all excepting the large one, a good deal worn, caused either by foot-traffic or otherwise had been in the bed of a river and worn smooth by the action of the water on them.

One of the segments of the Circle had been filled in with pretty large boulders, very probably from the outer wall of the circle when dismantled, as there was only a limited number round it and by no means regularly placed, the other segments contained earth only with a few flat stones of the district mixed with it.

The only articles found at and around the spot contained viz:
Tooth of a Horse
Bones of Deer
Oval stone six inches long with a cross cut on it
Fragment of pavement and what appeared to be a rude figure cut on it
Whorl accompanying this
Pieces of shale worn smooth on the edges as having been used for polishing or other domestic purposes
Fragments of at least two rude urns all showing the action of fire on the inside
Crystal a small bit

In several parts of the nursery I found flat stones from five to two feet with ashes under them but found nothing to indicate in bones or other relics that cremation had been carried on those days.

N. Baxter Dunrobin 6th July 1880"

Dimensions: Width 210 mm - Height 252 mm

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