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North Uist, Carinish, Teampull Clann A' Phiocair

Cup Marked Stone (Period Unknown)

Site Name North Uist, Carinish, Teampull Clann A' Phiocair

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Period Unknown)

Alternative Name(s) Teampull Na Trionaid

Canmore ID 10264

Site Number NF86SW 23

NGR NF 81635 60301

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Western Isles
  • Parish North Uist
  • Former Region Western Isles Islands Area
  • Former District Western Isles
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NF86SW 23 8163 6031.

(NF 8163 6031) About 20 yds north of Teampull Clann a' Phiocair at Carinish (NF86SW 24) there is a flat boulder with a pair of cupmarks, about 3ins in diameter by 1ins deep, on its upper surface.

E Beveridge 1911

No trace of the boulder was found during field perambulation.

Visited by OS (W D J) 1 June 1965.

Note: This is probably the stone located by M Harman (Oxford) in 1975.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Field Visit (13 August 1915)

Cup-marked Rock, Teampull na Trionaid, Carinish.

On the summit of a rocky knoll, some 20 yards north of Teampull na Trionaid, at Carinish, are two cupmarks, 4 inches in diameter, and 1 inch and 1 ¼ inches deep, respectively, cut 8 inches apart, on a small outcrop of rock, and lying in a line running almost due north and south (17 ½º mag.).

RCAHMS 1928, visited 13 August 1915.

OS map: North Uist xxxix (unnoted).

Note (2 June 2019)

Date Fieldwork Started: 02/06/2019

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: The panel is situated on the flat top of a small hillock in sheep-grazed grassland within the visitor-enabled area around Teampull Clann a'Phoicair. It is about 20m N of the N wall of the Teampull buildings, and 5m N of an enclosure wall. There are numerous traces of settlements structures and field systems in the surrounding area, as well as a possible dun roughly 40m to the SE. There are clear views to the N, E, and W.

Panel Notes: This small area of exposed gneiss bedrock measures 0.8x0.3m, and its flat surface is flush with ground. A fine fissure cuts across the N end of the panel and there are several eroding and exfoliating bedding planes. Of the 2 cupmarks mentioned in the Canmore record, the N-most one has a flat base, is irregular in shape and is a natural feature, while the S-most one is more symmetrical and hemispherical in profile and is possibly human-made, although it is not certain that it is Neolithic.


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