Rock Art Database


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Canmore ID 12706 SCRAP ID 1456
Location OS Grid Ref: NH 55184 43587 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Date Fieldwork Started 06/02/2020 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name MONIACK CASTLE Number
Other names "Miss Campbell's stone"
SM Number SM932 Other
Classifications And Periods
Classification 1 Cup Marked Stone Period 1 Neol/bronze Age

A2. Grid Reference(original find site)

OS NGR NH 55200 43600
New OS NGR NH 55184 43587
Lat/Long 57.45938 -4.41558
Obtained By: Mobile Phone

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • Moved from original location
  • In private collection
  • Provenance unknown
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.) Flat
Aspect of slope (if on sloping terrain e.g. S, SE etc.)

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Urban/Garden

B3. Forestry

  • No selection

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

  • Other rock art

B5. Location Notes

The panel was re-discovered under the lawn immediately to the E of the last upright stone at the end of the rockery, which is at the left side end of the drive in front of the entrance to Moniack Castle. It has been moved about 3m W into the rockery, and is set upright in a safe and visible position at NH 55184 43587.

Previous Notes

NH54SE 10 552 436. (Area NH 552 436) There is a cup-marked stone in the rockery at Moniack Castle, It stands at the end of the rockery next to the entrance gate, and is an erect block of hard grey gneiss, 2' x2' with at least 19 well formed cups, the largest being 5" across. It is on loan to Miss Campbell of Moniack Castle, and came from an old dike, which is the march between the farm of Mr. Yule of Maryburgh, near Dingwall,and Bakerhill of Brahan (Information from Seaforth to Rev Dr. Joass, Golspie: June 1880) W Jolly 1882 No trace of this stone could be found. Visited by OS (R D) 21 December 1964

Section C. PANEL

C1. Panel Type

In the landscape Boulder/Slab

C2. Panel Dimensions, Slope & Orientation

Dimensions of panel (m to one decimal place)
Length (longer axis) 0.6 Width 0.6
Height (max) 0.4 Height (min) 0
Approximate slope of carved surface
degrees degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface Carved Surface Carved Surface

C3. Rock Surface

Surface Compactness Hard Grain Size Coarse Visible Anomalies Not Visible
Rock Type Gneiss

C4. Surface Features

  • No selection
Other: drill holes used for explosives

C5. Panel Notes

The panel is a block of gneiss, 0.65m x 0.60m x 0.35m at thickest. It has been broken from a larger piece and there are two drill holes. There are 19 cupmarks in total, 2 in particular are larger and deeper than the others. The carved surface is approximately flat, and at one unbroken corner the surface slopes away and 1 cup is on a surface at an angle to the rest.

C6. Probability

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


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cupmark_1 cupmark_7
17 2

Visible Tool Marks? No

Visible Peck Marks? No


D1. Access

  • Panel is on Private land.

D2. Awareness

  • Panel was known before the project.
  • This panel is known to others in the local community.
There are stories or folk traditions associated with this panel No

D3. Risk

  • No selection
  • No selection
Comments and other potential threats

After re-discovery the rock was re-located to a safe position in the rockery