Cist, Stevenston,  North Ayrshire

Black and white photograph, 1895
RCAHMS: George Applebey Collection presented in 1991

This particularly well-preserved Bronze Age cist or stone-slabbed grave was uncovered in 1895 during the course of building work. Although there were no human remains found, the cist contained a food vessel and stone tool.  This is one of many illustrations assembled by Ludovic Mann (1866-1955) during a lifetime of research and exploration in the archaeology of the west of Scotland.

As was typical of the time, people had a natural curiosity about the past and discoveries like this attracted much local interest. Important as the only illustration of the discovery of the cist, the bare-footed children and thatched cottages also provides an insight into the lives of the local community.