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Taynuilt, Inverchaolain

Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Taynuilt, Inverchaolain

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Tighnuilt

Canmore ID 139145

Site Number NS07SE 19

NGR NS 0945 7465

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Inverchaolain
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NS07SE 19 0945 7465

NS 0945 7465 A flat-topped boulder, 1.1m by 0.6?0.7m, lies SE of the ruined Tighnuilt farmhouse, a short distance E of, and clearly visible from the bank of a forestry road. At least 37 cups and a short lozenge are incised in it. Of these a number are deep and well-formed, but the majority are shallow, and unlike the deeper cups tend to lie in fairly straight lines. At least one deep cup is enclosed by a regular ring, but three other irregular and roughly incised 'rings' enclose respectively 2, 4 and 4 cups. These are of both varieties. It is highly probable that these petroglyphs are of several periods.

Another boulder in the area to the NE of the above, E of Tighnuilt and thought to be E of the forestry road and thus now in dense undergrowth, was noted by members of the Cowal Archaeological and Historical Society in the early 1960s. This boulder had 6 cups. It now cannot be located.

To the N of these, at NS 0954 7515, a slab projecting from beneath the turf wall of a dyke at Inverchaolain Farm has at least one shallow cup.

Sponsor: Cowal Archaeological and Historical Society.

F Newall 1998


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