Discovery of a Bronze Age Cremation Pit under Cupar

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The remains of cremated bone found at the community excavation at East Moat Hill have been radiocarbon dated and found to be 4,000 years old.

Alastair Rees of ARCHAS Archaeology said: “The very last day of the excavation revealed some interesting deposits on the summit of the hill. “A large, deep pit was revealed and a small investigative trench was excavated into this feature. “At the base of the pit, a small cremation deposit was located.”

He said his team was able to extract a small sample of the cremated bone which has been radiocarbon dated to approximately 1750BC, roughly the transition from the Early to the Middle Bronze Age, nearly 4,000 years ago. “Although only a small part of this large feature was investigated it is very likely that what was revealed is a Bronze Age cremation pit in the centre of Cupar,” he said.

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