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Canmore ID 5795 SCRAP ID 1484
Location OS Grid Ref: NC 66577 61818 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Date Fieldwork Started 17/10/2019 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name ALLT THORRISDAIL Number 1
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 NC 66570 61810
New OS NGR NC 66577 61818
Lat/Long 58.52398 -4.2927
Obtained By: Mobile Phone

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • At original location
Accession no. Not given

Section B. CONTEXT

B1. Landscape Context

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

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Moorland
  • Bog/Marsh

B3. Forestry

  • No selection

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

  • Other rock art

B5. Location Notes

This is the smaller of a pair of panels readily visible on slightly raised ground at the W end of the broad E-W strath of the Allt Torrisdail. It is close to the bend where the Allt Torrisdail changes course from N to E. The open strath is boggy moorland bounded at the N and S by rocky outcrops. (Note that the adjacent larger panel is Allt Torrisdail 2, not to be confused with ALLT TORRISDAIL (Canmore ID: 5778).)

Previous Notes

NC66SE 7 6657 6181 See also NC66SE 12. (Area NC 664 612) Two cup-marked stones lie 3/4 mile SW of Torrisdale (NC 67 61) adjacent to the track across the moorland which joins the road from Borgie Bridge to Tongue. The more westerly is the larger and is a boulder about 8ft high and 14ft long. On its south side are two groups of about twelve cup-marks from 2ins to 3ins in diameter. The smaller stone lies about 10ft to the east and measures about 6ft long and 4ft high. On its NW face there are about twenty-six small cup-marks and definite traces of others. The south face is scored with deep lines crossing each other but no evident design. RCAHMS 1911, visited 1909. These rocks are at NC 6657 6181 on a spur in the foot of an east facing hillside. They lie 2.0m apart and are almost certainly the two separated pieces of a fractured boulder erratic. The larger, westerly block measures an irregular 3.0m broad by 4.5m long by 3.0m high, and bears on the upper surface at least twenty cup-marks; one measures 8cms diameter by 4cms deep, but mainly the depressions are small and in some instances elongated. Several sets of initials have been cut into this face of the block. The smaller stone measures 1.5 broad by 2.0m long by 1.5m high and tapers narrowly to the top. It bears on its westerly sloping side up to twenty-five cup-marks except for one, 7cms diameter by 5cms deep, the hollows are small and unimpressive. On the opposing side of the stone is a single, small cup-mark. Surveyed at 1:10 000. Visited by OS (J M), 15 August 1978.

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) 2.1 Width 2
Height (max) 1.6 Height (min) 0
Approximate slope of carved surface
60 degrees 90 degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface Multiple Carved Surface NW Carved Surface NE

C3. Rock Surface

Surface Compactness Hard Grain Size Medium Visible Anomalies Not Visible
Rock Type Schist

C4. Surface Features

  • Fissures/cracks
  • Natural Hollows
  • Weathering Channels
  • Smooth Surface

C5. Panel Notes

The panel is a smoothly irregular boulder of schist, 2.1m x 2.0m x 1.6m high, pointed at the top. The main carved surface (A) slopes at 60° and is oriented NW, and has about 26 cup marks, plus several grooves and smaller indentations. There are also 6 possible cup marks low on the NE side of the panel (carved surface B). The surface of the boulder is weathered and rounded and it is likely that some, at least, of the cups are natural, or have been enhanced by weathering.

C6. Probability

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


It is likely that some at least of the cups are natural, or have been enhanced by weathering.


groove_1 groove_6 groove_4
2 1 1

Visible Tool Marks? No

Visible Peck Marks? No


D1. Access

  • Right to Roam access.
  • Panel is on Private land.

D2. Awareness

  • Panel was known before the project.
There are stories or folk traditions associated with this panel No

D3. Risk

  • Water will pool deeply on parts of the surface.
  • No selection
Comments and other potential threats

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