Sculptor’s Cave, Drainie, Moray

NGR: NJ 1750 7072


Canmore: 16278

SCD: 2172

Excavation: S. Benton, 1928-1930; I.A.G. Shepherd & A.N. Shepherd, 1979.

Curation: National Museum of Scotland

Burials: MNI: 1+ (including juveniles).

Finds: Late Bronze Age, Roman Iron Age and Pictish metalwork, Bronze Age and Roman pottery, bone implements, animal bone.

Date: Roman Iron Age (1)

14C: 1738 bp (UB-6930) 1696 bp (SUERC-68717) on human bone


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