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Stroneskar,cupmarked rock and cairns west of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Argyll, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.1596 / 56°9'34"N

Longitude: -5.4441 / 5°26'38"W

OS Eastings: 186225

OS Northings: 701667

OS Grid: NM862016

Mapcode National: GBR DDYF.M29

Mapcode Global: WH0HR.BFTT

Entry Name: Stroneskar,cupmarked rock and cairns W of

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5710

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 consists of three burial cairns and a cupmarked rock which are situated on the S side of the public road from Glennan to Stroneskar. The cupmarkings are situated on a rock outcrop at the edge of the level valley floor, about 200m SE of Tigh a'Charnain Cottage. At least six plain cupmarks have been noted.

The westernmost cairn (NM860015) is situated on a rise 100m SSW of Tigh a'Charnain and 150m E of a (scheduled) standing stone; robbing has reduced it to a spread of stone about 15m in diameter and up to 0.3m in height, to which field clearance has been added.

The central cairn of the group (NM862016) is heavily robbed. It is situated on the crest of a slight rise 70m E of Tigh a'Charnain and about 170m NE of the above cairn. It measures about 31m in diameter and up to 0.6m in height. The N side has been clipped by a road, and field-cleared stones have been dumped elsewhere on it.

The easternmost cairn (NM866017) is situated 500m ENE of Tigh a'Charnain on a flat-topped ridge. The grass-covered stony mound measures 13m in diameter and 0.4m in height.

The area to be scheduled consists of four discrete areas, as marked in red on the attached map, to include the cairns and cupmarkings and areas around in which traces of activities associated with their use and construction may survive, as marked in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of the potential of each element to provide information about Bronze Age ritual and social practices. Although disturbed, each of the cairns conceals a buried old ground surface which has the potential to provide environmental data which may contribute to a reconstruction of the contemporary landscape and environment. The cairns and the cupmarking are also important because of their relationship with a cluster of similar related monuments which are to be found in the area of Kilmartin.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NM 80 SE 9, 12, 13 and 54

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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