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Stroneskar,cupmarkings 1750m WSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.153 / 56°9'10"N

Longitude: -5.45 / 5°27'0"W

OS Eastings: 185822

OS Northings: 700954

OS Grid: NM858009

Mapcode National: GBR DDXG.4CR

Mapcode Global: WH0HR.8L0W

Entry Name: Stroneskar,cupmarkings 1750m WSW of

Scheduled Date: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5624

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kilmartin

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Mid Argyll

Traditional County: Argyllshire


The monument is a set of cupmarkings, situated on the highest point of a rock outcrop which lies on the S bank of an unnamed burn, a short distance above a waterfall.

The cup-and-ring markings are weathered and partly obscured by moss. They include at least forty-one cups ranging in size from 150mm to 60mm to 60mm by 10mm (three of the larger cups may be surrounded by single rings) and three pairs of dumb-bell like markings have been noted. At the base of the outcrop are one pair of large plain cups and at least eight smaller ones.

The area to be scheduled is subcircular on plan and measures up to 30m from N to S by 30m transversely, to include the cupmarkings and an area around in which associated remains may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of cupmarkings which may be contemporary with two cairns and a standing stone which are situated immediately below on the valley floor. The cupmarkings are part of a renowned concentration of similar and related monuments in the neighbourhood of the Kilmartin Valley which are of national and international importance for their potential to provide information about late Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual and social practice.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 80 SE 1.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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