MHG2858 - Cup Marked Stone, Daviot Churchyard


Several cup marked stones in the churchyard at Daviot, first recorded in the 19th century.

Type and Period (1)

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

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  • None recorded

Full Description

NH73NW 5 7235 3941 and 7234 3945.

(NH 7235 3944) There are cup-marked stones in Daviot churchyard. They lie flat on the ground on the south-east side of the church, with the cupped surface upwards.
One of them, a flat yellowish sandstone slab, lies about halfway between the church tower and the south-east corner of the yard. It is 5 feet 11 inches long, 22 inches broad at its upper end and 14 inches at the lower.
Another example, of rough sandstone 'passing into conglomerate', with several empty hollows where rounded stones have dropped out, is 13 yards from the south-east corner of the church. It is 4 feet 7 inches long and from 20 to 23 inches broad, and bears at least four cups.
There are other cup-marked stones within the enclosure.
W Jolly 1882. <1>

In the churchyard at Daviot, at NH 7235 3941 is a dressed granite slab 1.6m long by 0.6m wide by 0.1m thick inclined against a flat gravestone. The outline of above four small indistinct cup-marks can be traced on the upwards facing surface. This stone may be the second stone described by W Jolly (1882) (save that the length is 5ft 7") no trace was seen of the first described stone.
At NH 7234 3945, at the west side of the church door, is a small pedestal of stones on top of which is a flat stone 0.6m x 0.4m x 0.2m thick. On the upper surface of the stone is a distinct cup mark 3" in diameter and 2" deep, with a smaller indistinct one alongside. This stone was removed from the south wall of the side-road leading from the main road to the church about two years ago when this wall was demolished to provide a car park.
Surveyed at 1:2500.
Visited by OS (WDJ) 28 August 1963; Information from Rev Dr Macpherson, Daviot Manse, Daviot.

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Grid reference Centred NH 7234 3940 (10m by 10m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet NH73NW
Geographical Area INVERNESS

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