Montfode Braes

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Site Type BATTLEAXE
Canmore ID 41107
Site Number NS24SW 15
NGR NS 224 439
Council NORTH AYRSHIRE
Parish ARDROSSAN
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District CUNNINGHAME
Former County AYRSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS c. 224 439

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Archaeological Notes

NS24SW 15 c. 224 439

Formerly also entered as NS24SW 57.

A battle axe, Codford St Peter group (F E S Roe 1967) was ploughed up in 1864 on top of Montfode Braes (name NS 224 439) near the remains of several ancient forts (presumably NS24SW 2 and NS24SW 5 ). It is of grey stone, with a small boss on either side, and is 4.6ins long. It was on loan to the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS L.1956.2) but is now in Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum under accession number LA 6436c.
R W Cochran-Patrick 1873; NMAS Loan Accession Index.

The exact find spot was not ascertained during field investigation.
Visited by OS (JLD) 7 September 1956

This battle-axe has been classified as a grooved example of Intermediate-Developed form. It has been petrologically attributed to group XXVIII (quartz dolerite from various sources in Scotland and Northern England) or, possibly, group XVIII (quartz dolerite from the Whin Sill of Northern England).
T H McK Clough and W A Cummins 1988.

Site recorded during an archaeological evaluation, comprising a desk-based assessment and field inspection conducted in October-November 1994 along the proposed corridor of the A78 Ardrossan Bypass.
NS 224 439 battle-axe find-spot (known site).
A report will be deposited with the NMRS.
Sponsor: Roads Directorate of The Scottish Office Industry Department, managed on its behalf by Historic Scotland.
J E Hamilton 1995.

 
Books and References

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): p. 233, no. AYR 27

Cochrane-Patrick, R W (1873c) 'Notices of some antiquities recently discovered in North Ayrshire', Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol.9
Page(s): 387

Hamilton, J (1995d) 'A78 Ardrossan Bypass: Archaeological Evaluation (Ardrossan and Stevenson parishes), linear survey', Discovery Excav Scot
Page(s): 71-2

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