MHG63161 - Cup Marked Stone - Strath Sgitheach Allt Na Criche (3)


A cup marked stone (C) at Strath Sgitheach Allt Na Criche.

Type and Period (1)

  • CUP MARKED STONE (Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC? to 551 BC?)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH56SW 13 522 630.
Centred around NH 522630 are 8 cup marked rocks ('A' - 'H').
'A' is a boulder measuring 3.1m x 1.9m x 0.6 m high with at least fifteen shallow cup marks on its upper surface. NH 5220 6292
'B' a large block 3.6m x 1.8m x 1m maximum height. It is largely earth-covered. It has 23 cup marks on its two outer edges. NH 5213 6298
'C' a boulder 1.8m x 1.2m x 0.6m high with six cup marks. NH 5212 6297
'D' boulder 2.4m x 1m x 0.6m high with 7 small shallow cup marks. NH 5126 6296
'E' small boulder 1.1m x 0.7m x 0.3m high with 2 probable cup marks. NH 5201 6298
'F' a boulder lying close by has 7 shallow cup marks upon it. NH 5201 6301
'G', a boulder, 2.8m x 1.5m x 0.6m, lying on bank of a stream, has probably slipped from its original position due to erosion. It has 6 extremely shallow cup marks on its upper surface. NH 6196 6324
'H' is a slab 2.2m x 1.3m lying flush with ground; it has 3 probable cup marks on its surface. NH 5247 6295
Surveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J B) 16 November 1976

8 outcrops of rock with shallow cup-marks.
RCAHMS 1979, visited September 1978

This panel was recorded as part of the ScRAP (Scotland’s Rock Art project) by members of NoSAS in July 2018. This panel is recorded on Canmore 12923 as panel C. The panel is located on the lower south facing open slopes of Meall a'Ghuail, overlooking the river Sgitheach. It is one of a group of 8 panels (7 located at the time of writing) close to the Allt an Criche, in rough gazing interspersed with pine trees and patches of heath. A track crosses the river Sgitheach (ford and stepping stones) and heads NW and passes 60m west of the panel. Panel 2 (B in Canmore) is 5m to the east and is part of the same rock outcrop. There is a large broken down pine tree 7m E of the panel. Rigg is visible in the ground immediately south of the panel. The area generally has a number of hut circles, field systems and burnt mounds, including those identified in Canmore 12921 about 0.6km to the southwest.

The panel is a low domed roughly triangular outcrop of schist, about 2.1m by 1.5m rising to about 0.6m in height. The carved surface is on a slightly sloping (10 degrees west) flatter section in the northwest part of the panel. There are 5 distinct and 3 indistinct cups in a group. <1>

NGR adjusted based on 2021 vertical aerial photographs. <2>

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Grid reference Centred NH 5212 6297 (8m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH56SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish DINGWALL

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