MHG63172 - Cup Marked Stone - Strath Sgitheach Allt Na Criche (5)


A cup marked stone (E) 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 August 2018. This panel rock is part of a group of cupmarked rocks all recorded under one Canmore entry: Canmore 12923. The panel is situated beneath a fallen tree within a copse of Scots pines, in an area of rough grazing, on the undulating south facing lower slopes of Meall A Ghuail. It looks out over Strath Sgitheach, and the river Sgitheach 800m to the south. There is a track 100m west of the panel leading from the river up to Cioch Mhor. About 1km to the west there is another group of cupmarked rocks, and hut circles and a field system.

The panel is small and triangular shaped, measuring 1.2x0.6m with its long axis orientated north to south. It rises to 0.3m from ground level. The rock and carved surface slope to the northwest and are smooth. There are 4 cupmarks located on the northwest part of the panel. <1>

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

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Grid reference Centred NH 5201 6298 (9m by 9m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH56SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish DINGWALL

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