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Clach Stein,standing stones,Knockaird

A Scheduled Monument in An Taobh Siar agus Nis, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Latitude: 58.4959 / 58°29'45"N

Longitude: -6.2324 / 6°13'56"W

OS Eastings: 153488

OS Northings: 964182

OS Grid: NB534641

Mapcode National: GBR C608.D37

Mapcode Global: WGY1P.7QGB

Entry Name: Clach Stein,standing stones,Knockaird

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1992

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM5360

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: standing stone

Location: Barvas

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Electoral Ward: An Taobh Siar agus Nis

Traditional County: Ross-shire


The monument consists of two standing stones situated on top of a hill overlooking Port of Ness from the NW. These are most likely of Bronze Age date.

The stones are four metres apart and both are surrounded by packers. The S stone is a rough boulder 1.1m high and 3.4m in girth. The N stone is 1.4m high and 3.4m in girth and tapers towards the top. There is a small rectangular stone slotted against the N side of the S stone.

The area to be scheduled is circular, centred on the mid-point between the standing stones, and has a maximum diameter of 10m, as indicated in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as evidence of ritual activity connected with the late Neolithic or Bronze Age. Further study of it and related examples may increase our understanding of the purpose and function of these structures in prehistoric society.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NB 56 SW 13.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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