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from Giants' Graves, Whiting Bay, Arran

Postcard of Arrowheads.
000-190-004-058-C
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Arrowheads

These four flint arrowheads were found in a chambered cairn at Giants' Graves on Whiting Bay on the island of Arran. Flint knives, various sherds of pottery and a large amount of cremated human remains were also recovered.

The arrowheads are all leaf-shaped, a common shape at this period. Three are damaged on their tips.

Many of Scotland's early farming communities buried their dead in communal tombs. Various offerings for the afterlife were included, such as food, in pots or as joints of meat, and everyday possessions such as flint arrowheads and tools.


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Online ID: 000-190-004-058-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EO 259
Date: 3700 - 3100 BC
3700 - 3100 BC
3700 - 3100 BC
Between 3700 and 3100 BC
Neolithic
Material: Flint; leaf shaped
Flint; leaf shaped
Flint; leaf shaped
Flint; ogival-shaped
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What: Arrowhead
Arrowhead
Arrowhead
Arrowhead
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Where: Scotland, Bute, Arran, Whiting Bay, Giants' Graves
Scotland, Bute, Arran, Whiting Bay, Giants' Graves
Scotland, Bute, Arran, Whiting Bay, Giants' Graves
Scotland, Bute, Arran, Whiting Bay, Giants' Graves
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Description: Neolithic ogival-shaped flint arrowhead, from Giants' Graves, Whiting Bay, Arran
Arrowhead of flint from Giants' Graves, Whiting Bay, Arran, 3700 - 3100 BC
Arrowhead of flint from Giants' Graves, Whiting Bay, Arran, 3700 - 3100 BC
Arrowhead of flint from Giants' Graves, Whiting Bay, Arran, 3700 - 3100 BC
References:
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 170, 174, 235. 
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