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Mull, Dervaig, Maol Mor

Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Mull, Dervaig, Maol Mor

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Kilmore; Dervaig A

Canmore ID 22115

Site Number NM45SW 5

NGR NM 43604 53056

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilninian And Kilmore
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NM45SW 5 43604 53056

(NM 4359 5305) Standing Stones (NR)

OS 1:10000 map (1976)

Stone Circle (NR)

OS 6" map (1900)

Listed by Burl as a stone circle among those 'of uncertain status, including misidentified sites'.

A Thom 1967; H A W Burl 1977.

Standing Stones, Maol Mor, Dervaig: In a clearing in forestry on the level top of the broad ridge of Maol Mor, and immediately to the S of the isolated rocky summit, there is a linear setting of four stones extending from NNW to SSE over a distance of 10.4m.

Stone A on plan is prone and measures 2.45m in length, 0.85m in

breadth, and 0.5m in thickness; part of the base has been broken off.

Stone B, measuring 2.1m in height and 0.9m by 0.6m at the base, rises with straightish sides to a rounded top.

Stone C measures 2.2m in height and 1m by 0.7m at the base; the lower half of the S side exhibits a marked triangular projection, after which the stone tapers to a pointed top.

Stone D measures 2.1m in height and 1.2m by 0.85m at the base; it tapers to a flattish top.

RCAHMS 1980, visited 1972

These four stones were in a similar condition to that described by the RCAHMS when seen in April 1972. They are not the remains of a stone circle.

Surveyed at 1:10,000.

Visited by OS (RD) 27 April 1972.

Scheduled as Maol Mor standing stones, Dervaig, Mull... sometimes know as the Kilmore or Dervaig A standing stones.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 29 October 2003.


Field Visit (28 July 1942)

This site was included within the RCAHMS Emergency Survey (1942-3), an unpublished rescue project. Site descriptions, organised by county, vary from short notes to lengthy and full descriptions and are available to view online with contemporary sketches and photographs. The original typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks and photographs can also be consulted in the RCAHMS Search Room.

Information from RCAHMS (GFG) 10 December 2014.

Publication Account (1985)

Linear settings of standing stones were clearly an important feature of bronze-age religious or ceremonial occasions, providing perhaps a framework for a series of rituals. One of the best-preserved linear settings is in a clearing in a forestry plantation, a position that precludes our appreciation of its situation in the landscape. Three stones are still upright, but the fourth at the north end of the group has now fallen. The three upright stones are all substantial blocks over 2m in height.

Two other linear settings are less well-preserved or less impressive, but are more accessible. To the north of the road from Tobermory to Dervaig at a point about 850m east of the village, an opening in the forestry fence allows access to a group of five stones of which two are still standing (NM 439520). At a point some 400m to the south there are three other stones, one of which now forms part of a wall (NM 438516).

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Argyll and the Western Isles’, (1985).

Laser Scanning (25 July 2016 - 27 July 2016)

AOC Archaeology Group were commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland to undertake a laser scan survey of selected elements of three Stone Rows on Mull. The Standing Stones at Baliscate; Cnoc Fada and Maol Mor were surveyed. The survey was undertaken for conservation management purposes.

Information from OASIS ID: aocarcha1-267118 (J Humble) 2016


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