Montfode

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Site Type CEMETERY, ENCLOSURE, LONG CIST CEMETERY
Canmore ID 269034
Site Number NS24SW 225
NGR NS 228 441
Council NORTH AYRSHIRE
Parish ARDROSSAN
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District CUNNINGHAME
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS c.228 441

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Notes and Activities

Archaeological Notes

NS24SW 225 c.228 441

(NS 223 437 to NS 281 426) Evaluation work which started in November 2002 identified two new sites on the bypass route (see also DES 1995, 71-2), and furnished new information about Hullerhirst lime kilns (NS24SE 63). The trenching evaluation also allowed for the testing of a number of other sites, including cropmarks - an exercise which produced only negative results.
NS 228 441 Montfode enclosure/cemetery. Trial trenching revealed a previously unknown semi-circular enclosure in the Montfode area of Ardrossan. Further excavation revealed the complete plan of the enclosure and a total of 60 cist and earth graves. The graves were concentrated in the SE of the site near an entrance in the enclosure ditch. The acidic nature of the soil meant that little bone survived. Few features were located away from this focus and few finds were recovered. Until results of radiocarbon dating have been received, the site cannot be dated more tightly than to the later part of the 1st millennium AD.
G Brown and A Dutton 2003

 
Books and References

Brown and Dutton, G and A (2003) 'A78 Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston Bypass (Ardrossan; Stevenson parishes), late 1st millennium cemetery; farmstead; lime kilns', Discovery Excav Scot, vol.4
Page(s): 97

Hatherley, C (2009) 'Into the west: excavation of an Early Christian cemetery at Montfode, Ardrossan, North Ayrshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.139
Page(s): 97

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