Rock Art Database


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Canmore ID 368539 SCRAP ID 30
Location OS Grid Ref: ND 02661 15572 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Cup Marked Stone
Date Fieldwork Started 25/10/2019 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name Helmsdale Number
Other names
SM Number Other
Classifications And Periods
Classification 1 Cup Marked Stone Period 1 Neol/bronze Age

A2. Grid Reference(original find site)

OS NGR ND 02650 15570
New OS NGR ND 02661 15572
Lat/Long 58.11837 -3.65396
Obtained By: Mobile Phone

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • Moved from original location
  • Re-used in structure
Accession no. Not given

Section B. CONTEXT

B1. Landscape Context

Weather Sunny
Position in landscape Bottom of hill
Topography(terrain within about 500m of panel.) Sloping
Aspect of slope (if on sloping terrain e.g. S, SE etc.) SW

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Urban/Garden

B3. Forestry

  • No selection

B4. Archaeological Features within 200m / or visible from the panel

  • No selection

B5. Location Notes

This small panel has been broken and reused in a stone wall in Stittenham Road, Helmsdale, opposite the church. The wall is the remains of a former building, with the doorways blocked up. The stone is placed at the top of the wall at the right-hand side of a former doorway. Symmetrically opposite, on the left-hand side of the former doorway, is a second similar stone, probably another fragment.

Previous Notes

Probable cup marked stone cut down & reused. Built into top of wall in garden of house opp the church in Stittenham Rd. NB this area of wall appears to have other features built into it. Cup markings on outside face. See photo - HAW 11/2002

Section C. PANEL

C1. Panel Type

In a structure Other context Re-used in two pieces in a building which is now a garden wall

C2. Panel Dimensions, Slope & Orientation

Dimensions of panel (m to one decimal place)
Length (longer axis) 0.6 Width 0.5
Height (max) Height (min)
Approximate slope of carved surface
degrees degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface Carved Surface Carved Surface

C3. Rock Surface

Surface Compactness Friable Grain Size Fine Visible Anomalies Not Visible
Rock Type Sandstone

C4. Surface Features

  • Fissures/cracks

C5. Panel Notes

The panel is a fragment (0.6 x 0.5m) of a larger stone. It is a friable sandstone and the surface is weathered and worn with a large, probably relatively recent fissure cutting diagonally across it. There are about 16 cups of varying sizes, which may be natural. The second fragment is of similar size and even more worn. The surface is in poor condition. There is 1 clear cup and traces of 4 more, all at one end of the panel.

C6. Probability

The probability that there is any rock art on the panel is Possible


Fragment 1: about 16 cups. A shallow groove runs across the panel, may be natural? Fragment 2: one definite cup and 4 very worn possibles



Visible Tool Marks? No

Visible Peck Marks? No


D1. Access

  • Right to Roam access.

D2. Awareness

  • No selection
There are stories or folk traditions associated with this panel No

D3. Risk

  • No selection
  • The rock is located on/nearby a path or place where people might walk.
Comments and other potential threats

High in wall in urban street, unlikely to be noticed.