Kirk O’Banks

Castlehill


St. Peters Church

Freswick

Robertshaven

Burials

Settlement

Hoards

Key Sites

The finest collection of graves from the Viking period in Caithness comes from Reay (NC973650). The earliest recorded Viking grave was discovered in 1912 and comprised a skeleton together with a buckle from a horse bridle. In 1913 a female grave was discovered; finds comprised a pair of oval tortoise brooches, a small bronze buckle, a steatite spindle whorl and iron bridle bit. Further activity in 1920 revealed a rich male grave. The burial, covered with a mound of stones, contained a ringed pin, an iron axe, shield boss, iron sickle and pieces of flint. The finds suggest a date around the 10th century.

Back to Vikings and Norse

Reay

All content © Caithness Archaeological Trust 2004

unless otherwise stated