MHG52538 - Cross Marked Stone, Lochinver

Summary

Triangular shaped boulder bearing an incised cross within a circle, adjacent to a second cross.

Type and Period (1)

  • CROSS INCISED STONE (Early Medieval - 561 AD? to 700 AD?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Cross marked stone discovered by a local fisherman at low tide on the bank of the River Inver. The face of the stone is roughly triangular in shape. Two incised crosses, one of which is placed within an incised circle, are positioned adjacent to one another on the top-face of the stone. Historic Assynt are looking at various ways of conserving the stone, including winching it from its current position to the top of the river bank by the Free Church <1>. Visited 26/03/2009 <2>. A rubbing clearly showing the crosses has also been made <3>.

Noted by the Assynt's Hidden Lives project in February 2010. A large stone, roughly triangular in shape, lies below high tide line beside the river on the north bank below the church. On its upper surface are an incised cross c. 0.09m x 0.10m and another incised cross within an incised circle c. 0.13 m in diameter. <4>

This stone was moved in early 2011 to NC 09461 23040 to protect it from erosion. Gordon Sleight submitted photographs to the HER recording its new location. The incised cross possibly dates from the 6th or 7th century (pers comm Cait McCullagh). <5>

The new location of the stone has been digitised in the position shown in the photographs, about 10m north of the notified grid reference. The previous location of the stone, described above, is recorded as a findspot MHG52594 . <6>


<1> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.


<2> Puls, A, Site Visit Photographs, 26/03/2009 (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG23993.


<3> John Wombell, 2009, Rubbing of the Lochinver Cross Marked Stone (Image/Drawing). SHG24142.


<4> Cavers, G & Hudson, G, 05/2010, Assynt's Hidden Lives: An archaeological survey of the the parish, 175, p.150 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG24882.


<5> Historic Assynt, 02/2011, Emails from Gordon Sleight, Historic Assynt, notifying of new location of cross marked stone (Text/Correspondence). SHG25178.


<6> Tilbury, S, Comment by Sylvina Tilbury, HER Officer, 23/02/2011 (Verbal Communication). SHG23297.

Sources/Archives (6)

Map

Location

Grid reference NC 09459 23049 (point) (Approximate)
Map sheet NC02SE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish ASSYNT

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

Related Investigations/Events (1)

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