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Allt Coire Charmaig, cupmarked rock 350m south of Corrycharmaig

A Scheduled Monument in Trossachs and Teith, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.4885 / 56°29'18"N

Longitude: -4.3926 / 4°23'33"W

OS Eastings: 252775

OS Northings: 735495

OS Grid: NN527354

Mapcode National: GBR HCJK.NNG

Mapcode Global: WH3L3.H5HP

Entry Name: Allt Coire Charmaig, cupmarked rock 350m S of Corrycharmaig

Scheduled Date: 19 November 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10716

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Killin

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Traditional County: Perthshire

Description

The monument comprises an extensive group of cupmark carvings of probable Neolithic or early Bronze Age date (c.2500-1500 BC), incised on a bedrock ridge.

The rock ridge bearing the cupmarks lies at around 190m OD, immediately to the E of the gully of the Allt Coire Charmaig and facing northward towards the valley of the River Lochay. The ridge measures about 50m in length and is orientated ENE-WSW. It bears three areas of exposed cupmarks. At least 41 cupmarks are visible on the most easterly exposure. These cupmarks range in size from 50mm in diameter and 15mm in depth to 110mm in diameter and 20mm in depth.

A further 18 cupmarks are visible in a central group, ranging in size from 50mm in diameter and 10mm in depth to 120mm in diameter and 30mm in depth. This group also incorporates three large circular 'plates' which may also have been artificially cut. Each measures about 210mm in diameter by about 25mm in depth. A possible cup-and-ring mark is also visible on the SW edge of this exposure; the ring measures about 170mm in diameter.

The most westerly group of carvings contains at least 48 cupmarks. This collection shows the greatest size range of the three groups with cups varying from 25mm in diameter and 5mm in depth up to 100mm in diameter and 40mm in depth. Six of the cupmarks form a straight line grouping aligned NW to SE.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and the area immediately around and between them. It is rectilinear on plan with maximum dimensions of 70m from ENE to WSW by 30m transversely, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices. Extensive turf and moss cover over much of the ridge raises the possibility that further petroglyphs may survive on this site, as yet unrecorded.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the monument as NN53NW 10.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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