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Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Site Name Poltalloch

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 39496

Site Number NR89NW 52

NGR NR 8126 9637

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NR89NW 52 8126 9636

See also NR89NW 53.

(NR 812 963) A rock outcrop at the edge of the wood, below the drive, 220 yards SSW of Poltalloch is sculptured with cup and ring markings. The rock, which slopes NE, measures 15' x 12', and the figures include 34 cups, having from 1-5 rings, and a number of cups without rings.

J H Craw 1930; M Campbell and M Sandeman 1964.

NR 8127 9636. An excellent example of cup and ring markings as described.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (JP), 1 May 1973.

NR 8127 9637. Generally as described in the previous information, although many of the markings are now obscured by a growth of moss. Surveyed at 1/10,000.

Visited by OS (TRG), 12 April 1977.


Field Visit (May 1983)

This impressive cup-and-ring marked rock outcrop is situated in woodland 160m SW of the ruins of Poltalloch House (NR89NW 81.00). The rock surface dips steeply to the E and is criss-crossed by deep fractures, which, in places, have led to the shearing-off of some of the marks. The decoration comprises: seven cups with four rings (one of which has widely spaced rings, giving it an unusually broad diameter); nine cups with three rings; nine cups with two rings; thirteen with single rings; and at least eighty plain cupmarks. To the NNW of the largest of the four-ringed cups there are two star-shaped marks, one of which is surrounded by a ring.

(For the significance of these marks, see the Introduction to Argyll volume 6, RCAHMS 1988).

RCAHMS 1988, visited May 1983.


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