MHG63175 - Cup Marked Stone - Strath Sgitheach Allt Na Criche (6)


A cup marked stone (F) 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. <1>

This panel is on a south facing sloping hillside with has extensive views south, above a long hollow, possibly an old stream bed. It is located 100m east of a track to the col before Cioch Mhor, and 800m from the river Sgitheach. Another panel is 100m to the west , and field systems are 1000m west. It is part of a group of cup-marked stones recorded as Canmore 12923.

This panel is a low-lying irregular, elongated shaped outcrop of hard and medium grained metamorphic mica schist, measuring approximately 1.7m x 0.7 m, and almost flush with the ground. The upper surface is smooth and almost flat, sloping very gently to the south. There are 7 cups, 6 of which form a distinct linear alignment along the long axis of the rock, leading to its north edge.<2>

NGR adjusted based on 2021 vertical aerial photographs.

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Grid reference Centred NH 5201 6301 (10m by 9m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH56SW
Geographical Area ROSS AND CROMARTY
Civil Parish DINGWALL

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