Child's skull discovered

An ancient child's skull has been found on a farm in Stranraer. Farmer Jock McMaster was ploughing his field when he came across the scull, which is thought to be around 3,500 years old.

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Two other graves found on Stranraer farm

The GUARD Archaeology team unearthed an additional two empty cists at the farm in Stranraer.

The cists, which are ancient graves, indicated to the team that there was a possible attempt by the family of the young child to set aside graves near to the body.

The team also highlighted that stress indicators on the skeletal remains may have indicated a wider problem for the community at that time, perhaps a food shortage or onset of disease.

The report states that this implies that the community understood and planned an individual's burial practice well in advance of that person's death.

Child was malnourished at time of death

One of the team looking at the ancient pit Credit: GUARD Archaeology

Archaeological investigations carried out by a GUARD Archaeology team found that the child was malnourished at the time of death.

Warren Bailie and his team found that the skeletal remains belonged to a child aged between nine and twelve years old.

Tests carried out on the remains showed that the child suffered from malnutrition, indicated by dental enamel hypoplasia (DEH) and cribra orbitalia, both childhood stress indicators.

A radiocarbon date test placed the child's death in the early Bronze Age period.

One of the ancient pits Credit: GUARD Archaeology

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Ancient child's skull found on Stranraer farm

The child's skull is believed to be around 3500 years old Credit: GUARD Archaeology

An ancient child's skull has been found on a farm in Stranraer.

Farmer Jock McMaster was ploughing his field when he came across the skull, which is thought to be around 3,500 years old.

Mr McMaster, uncovered a stone-lined pit at Blairbuy Farm after his plough dislodged when it made contact with the grave.

The burial 'cist' is believed to be one of the oldest ever found in Scotland.

The ancient burial pit Credit: GUARD Archaeology
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