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Fincharn,cupmarked rocks 600m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1848 / 56°11'5"N

Longitude: -5.3762 / 5°22'34"W

OS Eastings: 190580

OS Northings: 704258

OS Grid: NM905042

Mapcode National: GBR FD3C.G7G

Mapcode Global: WH1JQ.DT51

Entry Name: Fincharn,cupmarked rocks 600m NE of

Scheduled Date: 7 September 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5407

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Glassary

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


Three groups of cupmarkings are situated in rough pasture about 600m NE of Fincharn farmsteading.

The westernmost example is situated at the SW end of a rocky ridge which flanks the N side of the track from Fincharn farm steading and about 100m WSW of the cottage. It has at least nine widely spaced cupmarks.

The central group is situated on gently sloping rock outcrop at the NE end of a ridge about 50m NE of the cottage. It includes a cup with two rings, a cup and a gutter and one and a half rings and a cup and a gutter and a single ring.

The easternmost example is situated on a horizontal rock surface about 140m SE of the cottage. At least 90 weathered cupmarks are accompanied by the basin of a knocking stone.

The area to be scheduled consists of three areas which are

rectangular on plan and aligned from NE to SW, measuring 20m by 20m, 30m by 12m and 25m by 20m respectively, to include the cupmarkings and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it forms a well-preserved, discrete group of cupmarkings which have the potential to provide information about late neolithic or bronze age ritual practice, in an area which is renowned for a concentration of similar and related monuments.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM90SW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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