Dundee, Stannergate

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Alternative Names Craigie; Stannergate Promontory; Dundee Harbour
Site Type CIST (EARLY MEDIEVAL), CIST(S) (BRONZE AGE), MIDDEN (MESOLITHIC), AXEHEAD (STONE), FOOD VESSEL
Canmore ID 33477
Site Number NO43SW 20
NGR NO 427 310
Council DUNDEE, CITY OF
Parish DUNDEE (DUNDEE, CITY OF)
Former Region TAYSIDE
Former District CITY OF DUNDEE
Former County ANGUS
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NO c. 427 310

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Archaeological Notes

NO43SW 20 c. 427 310

For general summary of Dundee Harbour and the Port of Dundee, see NO43SW 109.

(Area: NO 427 310) A mesolithic kitchen midden overlaid at a height of 8' by a cist cemetery was discovered in 1878 on Stannergate Promontory (NO 427 310) (OS 6" map, Forfarshire, 2nd ed., 1879) during the extension of Dundee Harbour. The midden measured at least 100' x 60'; it produced flints, charcoal, worked bone and 'a small finely polished celt of flinty slate' (Mathewson 1879).
The cists included at least eight long and four short cists, but many more were destroyed before they could be examiled. All contained bones and in one a food vessel was found. Cists were found a few yards N of this site about 1833 when the railway was being constructed.
A Mathewson 1879; A J Warden 1880-5; J Anderson 1886; Paton and Millar 1912; A D Lacaille 1944.

No finds from this site are in Dundee Museum but a few flints at present in University College, Dundee, will be presented to the Museum.
Visited by OS (J L D) 21 April 1958; Information from J D Boyd, curator, Dundee Museum.

The stone axe from this site is now in Dundee Museum (Accession no: 1964-67). It is of tuff, and classified as Group VI.
H Coutts 1971.

The stone axe (DMAG 64-67) has been petrologically identified as andesitic tuff.
TH McK Clough and WA Cummins 1988.

 
Books and References

Anderson, J (1886a) Scotland in pagan times: the bronze and stone ages: the Rhind lectures in archaeology for 1882, Edinburgh
Page(s): 85, 338 illust Held at RCAHMS E.2.AND

Clough and Cummins, T H McK and W A (1988) 'Lists of identifications', in Clough, T H McK and Cummins, W A Stone axe studies, volume 2: the petrology of prehistoric stone implements from the British Isles Council for British Archaeology research report no. 67 London
Page(s): 232, no. AGS 7

Coutts, H (1971a) Tayside before history: a guide catalogue of the collection of antiquities in Dundee Museum, Catalogue no. 1, {Dundee}
Page(s): 34, no. 7, 38, no. 41 and 51, no. 92 illust Held at RCAHMS E.2.1.COU

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