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Tombreck 1

Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Site Name Tombreck 1

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Stone (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 238573

Site Number NN63NE 103

NGR NN 65024 38275

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Stirling
  • Parish Kenmore (Stirling)
  • Former Region Central
  • Former District Stirling
  • Former County Perthshire

Archaeology Notes

NN63NE 103 65022 38285

This remarkable cup-marked stone has been incorporated into the basal course of a drystone dyke, the robbing of which has left it exposed. The stone has been trimmed along its N and S edges, presumably during the construction of the dyke, and it now measures 0.9m in length by 0.6m in breadth, its slightly convex upper surface rising 0.1m above ground. It bears about 70 cups, most of them arranged in a series of nine closely-spaced rows across the breadth of the stone. The cups measure up to 60mm in diameter and 20mm in depth.

(BL00 1677)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 31 October 2000.


Note (12 July 2018)

Date Fieldwork Started: 12/07/2018

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: The carved stone has been incorporated into the terminus of a drystone dyke which runs NNW to SSE. The dyke ends to the SSE of the carved stone at approximately 5m distance where it turns at roughly 90 degrees and continues to the SW for several metres.

The carved stone is positioned withina relatively flat area of rough grazing with ascending slopes to the west, north and north-east. To the S there are undulating mounds which, beyond the road and the line of sight, drop to the banks of Loch Tay. The slopes of the hills on the southern side of Loch Tay are visible in the distance. Vegetation around the panel primarily consists of long grasses.

Other rock art panels (Canmore ID: 238574) are within the vicinity, and although not visible beneath the high vegetation, are within line of sight further up the slopes of Ben Lawers.

Panel Notes: The flat, upwards facing surface of this rock has been elaborately carved with numerous motifs. It is likely that this rock has been quarried from a larger outcrop at some point and subsequently moved here in the 1800's; this is especially likely as some of the cupmarks appear to have been cut where the rock has been quarried. There are approximately 53 cupmarks, two of which are possible, one dumbell, and two cups with possible, partial rings, both of which are only particularly visible in the photogrammetric model. The cupmarks have been laid out in lines across the panel surface, the most southwestern of which becomes a 'Y' shape. There is a clear central line of cupmarks and another line to the NE side of the rock. A ridge at the NE edge of the panel has an area of quartz.


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