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Airlich Hill, cup-marked rock 800m SSE of Meikle Findowie

A Scheduled Monument in Strathtay, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5264 / 56°31'35"N

Longitude: -3.6872 / 3°41'13"W

OS Eastings: 296309

OS Northings: 738428

OS Grid: NN963384

Mapcode National: GBR V0.CZ59

Mapcode Global: WH5NJ.B7F3

Entry Name: Airlich Hill, cup-marked rock 800m SSE of Meikle Findowie

Scheduled Date: 15 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM8399

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Little Dunkeld

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Strathtay

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cup-marked rock outcrop of prehistoric date.

The monument lies immediately to the S of the summit of Airlich Hill, in improved grassland at around 310m OD. It comprises a flat area measuring some 1m by about 0.5m within a large rock outcrop, decorated with at least 9 cup-marks. The cup-marks vary in diameter from about 4cm to about 8cm, and measure up to about 3cm deep.

Cup-marks are decorative circular depressions carved into standing stones, outcrops of bedrock and boulders, and are sometimes found arranged in patterns with other motifs. They are thought to date principally to the Bronze Age and to have been related to acts of ritual and religious significance.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 10m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to an understanding of prehistoric ritual practices. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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