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Black Hill 1

Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Black Hill 1

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Black Hill

Canmore ID 12896

Site Number NH56SE 10

NGR NH 57363 63702

NGR Description NH 5737 6370 and NH 5738 6376

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kiltearn
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Ross And Cromarty
  • Former County Ross And Cromarty

Archaeology Notes

NH56SE 10 5737 6370 and 5738 6376.

On the N.E. slopes of Black Hill, at 650ft OD., there are two cup-marked stones at NH 5737 6370 (A) [NH56SE 10, Black Hill 1] and NH 57386376 (B) [NH56SE 75, Black Hill 2].

'A' is a large flat stone, 1.7m x 1m, flush with the ground, with about 40 cup-marks, 1 cup-and-ring mark and 2 cup-marks joined by a groove. This is clearly the stone referred to in (PSAS 1912).

'B' is an irregular-shaped boulder, 1.5m long, 0.8m wide and 0.5m high, on which about 15 cup-marks are visible. This may be the stone described by Macrae (N Macrae 1923).

Surveyed at 1/2500. Photo.

Visited by OS (N K B) 30 June 1965.

Cup-marked Rock (NR) (Twice)

OS 1:10,000 map, (1971)

Stone 'A' has approximately 37 plain cup-marks, 1 cup and ring, one 'dumbell', and concentrated at its N end 10 'scoops' appearing as enlarged cups, sub circular in plan. Two faint grooves form a cross shape on the stone surface. The stones are otherwise as described above.

Visited by OS (J B) 18 November 1976.


Field Visit (September 1978)

Black Hill 1 NH 573 637 NH56SE 10

This large flat rock bears about forty cup-marks, two of which are joined by a groove, and a cup-and-ring mark. This and the following cup-marked rock (no. 126) may be two of those noted by Joass in 1864 between Dingwall and Swordale.

RCAHMS 1979, September 1978

(Transactions of the Inverness Scientific Society and Field Club, I, 1875-80, 369-70; OS Record Card N H 56 NE 12)

Note (13 November 2018)

Date Fieldwork Started: 13/11/2018

Compiled by: NOSAS

Location Notes: The panel is on a steep E facing slope, overlooking the Cromarty Firth to the Black Isle, with the open sea in the distance between the Sutors to the NE. A power line with pylons crosses about 150m SE, lower down the slope. Black Hill 2 is about 60m to the N, on the same (200m) contour. To the NW is a vehicle track to a single wind turbine. The panel can accessed from that track via a gate in the fence. This panel and Black Hill 2 are both accurately placed on the OS 1:25k map.

Panel Notes: This is a schist boulder measuring 1.7 x 1.05m and 0.4 m high, sloping to the SE. It has 40 separate cups of varying sizes, 2 dumbbells, and 1 well-defined cup with single ring. It has a long groove down the centre and another across the top end. It also has 5 rounded but not circular shapes.

Additional Description: NH56SE 10 5737 6370 to 5738 6376.


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