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Druim Taoslin, standing stone 120m south east of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3222 / 56°19'19"N

Longitude: -6.2111 / 6°12'39"W

OS Eastings: 139732

OS Northings: 722386

OS Grid: NM397223

Mapcode National: GBR CD10.9TW

Mapcode Global: WGYDB.KCK6

Entry Name: Druim Taoslin, standing stone 120m SE of

Scheduled Date: 29 October 2003

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM10631

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, visible as an upstanding feature in rough pasture at about 40m OD.

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 stone comprises a rectangular block of granite, which stands about 2.1m high and measures 0.75m by 0.37m at its base. It is aligned NNW-SSE and has a sloping top, which is highest at the N end.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material is likely to survive. It is circular in shape with a diameter of 20m, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

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

Sources

Bibliography

The monument is recorded by RCAHMS as NM32SE 1.

Photographic references:

RCAHMS 1976 AG/7745.

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, 71, No. 116.

Thom A (1967) MEGALITHIC SITES IN BRITAIN, Oxford, 119.

Thom A (1971) MEGALITHIC LUNAR OBSERVATORIES. Oxford, 67, No. M 2/8.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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