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Meall Odhar, cup-and-ring marked rock 880m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Highland, Perth and Kinross

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Latitude: 56.5287 / 56°31'43"N

Longitude: -4.1914 / 4°11'29"W

OS Eastings: 265306

OS Northings: 739561

OS Grid: NN653395

Mapcode National: GBR JC0G.JS9

Mapcode Global: WH4M4.L59B

Entry Name: Meall Odhar, cup-and-ring marked rock 880m SW of

Scheduled Date: 28 October 2002

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10406

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kenmore

County: Perth and Kinross

Electoral Ward: Highland

Traditional County: Perthshire


The monument comprises a cup-and-ring marked rock situated immediately to the E of the burn gully of Allt a'Choire Chireinich, about 880m SW of Meall Odhar and 70m N of the head dyke of Cragganester farmsteading. The monument dates from the Neolithic or early Bronze Age.

The boulder measures about 2.4m by 2.1m transversely and stands about 1.1m in height. There are at least fifty cupmarks on its flat upper surface. The cups measure up to 70mm in diameter and 10mm deep. There are forty-three plain cups and eight cups with rings. Four of these cup-and-ring marks have single rings, measuring between 120mm and 160mm in diameter and one has a gutter running E off the edge of the stone.

Of the other cup-and-ring marks, one cup has two rings, the largest of which measures 200mm in diameter; one cup has three rings, the largest of which measures 310mm in diameter; and two cups have five rings, the largest of which measure respectively 410mm and 440mm in diameter. One of these five-ringed cups has a gutter running E.

The area to be scheduled includes the cup-and-ring marked rock and an area around it within which related remains may be expected to survive. It is circular on plan, with a diameter of 10m, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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