MHG1135 - Cross Slab, Clach Na Ciplich


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Type and Period (1)

  • CROSS SLAB (Early Medieval - 561 AD to 1057 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

'Clach na Ciplich', Cross Slab: About 1 mile S by W of Thulachan, on highest point of the watershed, 600ft OD, is Clach na Ciplich, a thin sandstone slab, measuring 4ft by 2ft and 3ins thick. It faces NE and SW; on the latter face is incised a crude cross, measuring 2ft 6ins in length and 1ft 2ins across the arms. The slab is broken in three pieces.
T Sinclair 1890; RCAHMS 1911. <1><2>

ND 1056 3940. Cross slab remains as described by RCAHMS. It has sunk further into peaty knoll on which it stands, but it can be lifted out.
Visited by OS (J L D) 28 May 1960.

The broken right hand piece of slab is now missing.
DES 1977. <3>

Clach na Ciplich (NAT) Cross Slab (NR) OS 6" map, (1962)

No change. Visited by OS (J M) 4 March 1982.

photo (RCAMS), photo

A photograph of this site was submitted by a visitor to the HER website in August 2008. <4>

Thulachan, Clach na Ciplich, Caithness, cross-slab fragments
Measurements: H 1.22m, W 0.61m, D 0.08m
Stone type: sandstone
Place of discovery: ND 1056 3940
Present location: lying flat on peaty knoll.
Evidence for discovery: recorded in 1890 and in 1910 during fieldwork by RCAHMS.
Present condition: broken into two pieces, third right-hand piece of slab reported missing in 1977.
This slab bears a large pecked outline cross. The upper arm is expanded, and the lines of its sides extend across the centre of the cross-head. There is a transverse line across the shaft to denote the lower arm of an equal-armed cross.
Date: seventh or eighth century.
Early Medieval Carved Stones Project, A Ritchie 2016

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Grid reference Centred ND 1055 3940 (10m by 10m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND13NW
Civil Parish HALKIRK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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