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Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Site Name Carnassarie

Classification Standing Stone(S) (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 22838

Site Number NM80SW 22

NGR NM 83453 00793

NGR Description Centre

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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

Archaeology Notes

NM80SW 22 8345 0078 and 8345 0079.

(A: NM 8345 0080; B: NM 8344 0079) Standing Stones (NR)

OS 6" map, Argyllshire, 2nd ed., (1900)

Stone 'A' measures 7'6" x 5' x 1'8", and has a cup mark, 3" x 1/2" deep, 2' from its base and 1'9" from its S edge. Stone 'B', which is unmarked, stands 7'9" S of 'A' and measures 8'6" x 1'3".

M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964; J H Craw 1931.

As described. The cup mark on 'A' is doubtful.

Surveyed at 1:2500.

Visited by OS (R D) 12 October 1971.

There are two standing stones situated 450m WSW of Carnassarie Castle and 135m NNE of the cairn (NM80SW 21). (Campbell and Sandeman 1964) The first, which stands 2.3m NE of the other, is aligned N and S; it is 2.6m high and 3.3m in girth at the base. Its sides are straightish, although there is a slight shoulder on the N and the top is rounded. The hollow (80mm in diameter and 20mm deep) on the W side, at a point 0.7m from ground level, is probably natural. The second stone, also aligned N and S, now leans considerably to the E; it is 2.65m high and 2.8m in girth at the base. The lower part of the stone is straight-sided, but it then tapers to a flat top.

Visited May 1982



Field Visit (April 2017)

NR 82990 99085 (centred on) A walkover survey was undertaken, April 2017, in advance of woodland planting. All the archaeological sites identified within the area should be preserved in situ and protected from damage by a buffer zone.

NR 82830 99750 – Clearance cairn (6 x 5m, 0.5m high).

Bracken covered rounded cobbles located on flat, previously cultivated ground.

NR 82753 99804 – Clearance cairn (3 x 2m, 0.20m high). Located over bedrock exposure.

NR 82768 99836 – Clearance cairn (1x 2m, 0.1m high). Located over bedrock exposure.

NR 82854 99809 – Clearance cairn – Irregular clearance scattered over rock outcrop.

NR 82876 99819 – Bank (1m wide and 0.3m high), oriented N/S.

NR 82976 99894 – Structure (30m long, 6m wide). Stone built ruin, S end almost intact, gable ended. N end barely visible. Number of different buildings. Enclosure on E side (outwith boundary). Mortared walls. Window and doorway blocked up. Fireplace. On 1st Edition OS map.

NM 82910 00037 – Shallow U-shaped stone quarry (20 x 10m).

NM 82943 00089 – Bank (0.9m wide and 0.5m high), oriented E/W. The bank runs across the site.

NM 83179 00330 – Pond/sluice – Shown on 1st Edition OS map. Metal rods of sluice visible.

NM 832235 00378 – Stone and earthen wall, oriented NNE/ SSW (0.9m wide and 0.2m high).

NM 83530 00675 – Clearance cairn (10 x 3m) with remains of twinning pen within.

NM 83521 00592 – Curvilinear bank (2m wide and 0.5m high), better preserved further to the W.

NM 83431 00423 – Rectangular enclosure (1m wide and 0.6m high). Boulder wall, single boulder high.

NM 83390 00543 – Rock quarry, old rock face, spoil on E side.

NM 83471 00606 – Bank (1.2m wide and 1 cobble high).

Faint earthen and stone bank, made from large cobbles. Runs S to wall at NM 83449 00577.

NM 83544 00781 – Clearance cairn (3 x 4m, 0.2m high). Set against ridge of bedrock.

NM 83549 00828 – Quarry for track, located at end of a ridge of rock.

NM 83456 00794 – Two standing stones as described on Canmore.

NM 83386 00685 – Very large burial cairn, as described on Canmore. Early modern twinning pen within the cairn. A wall runs just to the S of the cairn.

NM 83365 00634 – Clearance cairn, 5 x 1m, 0.3m high.

NM 83384 00608 – Clearance cairn, 4 x 4m, 0.7m high.

NM 83383 00589 – Stone and earthen field boundary (1 stone high, 0.7m wide), oriented E/W.

NM 83300 00785 – Previously identified as cup-marked rock – natural, 1 cup 6 x 6mm on glacial boulder. None of the others as in Canmore description are visible.

NM 83706 00799 – Wall (0.5 x 0.4m) Ruined stone wall. Oriented ESE/WNW.

Funder: Scottish Woodlands Ltd

Clare Ellis – Argyll Archaeology

(Source: DES, Volume 18)

Note (7 May 2020)

The location, classification and period of this site have been reviewed.


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