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Achaban House, standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3258 / 56°19'33"N

Longitude: -6.3475 / 6°20'50"W

OS Eastings: 131331

OS Northings: 723321

OS Grid: NM313233

Mapcode National: GBR BDQ0.1C0

Mapcode Global: WGYD8.G8LC

Entry Name: Achaban House, standing stone

Scheduled Date: 8 September 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10626

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Crosses and carved stones: sculptured stone (not ascribed to a more specific type); Prehistoric ritu

Location: Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

The monument comprises a standing stone of prehistoric or early medieval date, visible as an upstanding feature.

This standing stone, though possibly prehistoric in origin and relating to early ritual activities, has also been identified as one of a series of stone pillars traditionally believed to be guide-posts marking the pilgrim way from Green Point to Iona.

The standing stone is situated some 8m E of Achaban House at about 15m OD. The monument consists of an impressive standing stone of red granite aligned N-S. It stands to about 2.4m in height and measures a maximum of 0.7m wide by 0.5m thick. It rises with reasonably straight sides to a pointed top.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the standing stone described and an area around it within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 10m, as marked in red on the accompanying map. The above-ground components of the track and field boundaries are excluded from the scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance whether it was erected in prehistoric or early Christian times. As a prehistoric feature it would have the potential to contribute to an understanding of ritual practices and ceremonial activities in the late third or second millennium BC. As an early Christian pilgrim route marker, it would represent a rare survival of an in situ artefact relating to the early development of Christianity in the west of Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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Bibliography

RCAHMS records the monument as NM32SW 1.

References:

Maclauchlan T 1865, 'Notice of monoliths in the Island of Mull', PROC SOC ANTIQ SCOT 5, 49.

RCAHMS 1980a, ARGYLL: AN INVENTORY OF THE MONUMENTS VOLUME 3: MULL, TIREE, COLL AND NORTHERN ARGYLL (EXCLUDING THE EARLY MEDIEVAL AND LATER MONUMENTS OF IONA), Edinburgh: HMSO, 65, No. 87.

Photographic references:

RCAHMS AG/104.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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