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Ardjachie Farm

Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Site Name Ardjachie Farm

Classification Cup Marked Stone (Prehistoric), Pictish Symbol Stone (Pictish)

Canmore ID 14736

Site Number NH78SW 17

NGR NH 746 845

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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


Ardjachie Farm, Edderton, Ross & Cromarty, Pictish symbol stone

Measurements: H 1.79m, W 0.65m, D 0.35m

Stone type:

Place of discovery: NH 746 845

Present location: outside Tain Museum.

Evidence for discovery: uncovered during ploughing around 1960.

Present condition: broken and worn.


This irregular boulder was clearly chosen to be a symbol stone because it already bore a large number of prehistoric cupmarks. The incised symbols comprise a ‘wheel’-like disc with central hub and twelve spokes, carved above a plain L-shaped step symbol.

Date: seventh century.

References: DES 1971, 38-9; Fraser 2008, no 117.

Compiled by A Ritchie 2017

Archaeology Notes

NH78SW 17 746 845.

NH 746 845. Cup-marked Stone, Ardjachie: This boulder (1.7m by 0.65m by 0.35m), which was uncovered by the plough about 1960, is now in Tain Museum. One face bears about thirty irregular cup-shaped depressions and a symbol resembling a spoked wheel.

E Macnamara 1971; RCAHMS 1979.


Field Visit (7 September 2013 - 10 September 2013)

NH 746 845, NH 744 848 and NH78SW 26 A programme of archaeological work was carried out, 7–10 September 2013, as part of the Northern Picts: Archaeology of Fortriu project. A geophysical survey was conducted, which aimed to contextualise the landscape location of the Pictish symbol stone (NH78SW 17), which was found at Ardjachie during ploughing in the 1960s. A total of 28 20 x 20m grids were surveyed using gradiometry and 9 grids using resitivity. The geophysical surveys showed few features with the exception of one round, c10m diameter, anomaly identified in the resistivity survey. A test pit suggested this was simply a variation in the subsoil.

A DGPS survey was conducted on the peninsula to map features which had been identified by local society members. The features included midden layers (NH78SW 25) and other unrecorded structural remains of uncertain date. Pottery recovered from one of the middens has been provisionally identified as Beaker pottery and was found in association with a finely worked flint tool.

Archive: University of Aberdeen

Funder: University of Aberdeen, Development Trust, University of Aberdeen and Tarbat Discovery Centre

Gordon Noble and Oskar G. Sveinbjarnarson, University of Aberdeen, 2013

(Source: DES)


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