Rock Art Database


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Canmore ID 285783 SCRAP ID 2404
Location OS Grid Ref: NH 99969 25964 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Date Fieldwork Started 02/04/2019 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name LAGGAN HILL Number 2
Other names
HER/SMR SM Number Other
Classifications And Periods
Classification 1 Cup And Ring Marked Rock Period 1 Neol/bronze Age

A2. Grid Reference(original find site)

OS NGR NH 99969 25964
New OS NGR NH 99969 25964
Lat/Long 57.31324 -3.66232
Obtained By: Mobile Phone

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • At original location
Accession no. Not given

Section B. CONTEXT

B1. Landscape Context

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

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Improved Pasture

B3. Forestry

  • No selection

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

  • Other rock art

B5. Location Notes

The panel is situated towards the top of a SE facing slope, overlooking the Spey Valley and Cairngorm beyond. It is immediately below an area which has been quarried for limestone. Laggan Hill 3 is 12m to the SW and is part of the same geological outcrop.

Previous Notes

NH92NE 4.02 99969 25964 This large outcrop of grey and pink mica schist is situated in an area of improved pasture and quarrying 440m SE of the remains of Coldhome farmsteading (NH92NE 40). It can be equated with the boulder noted as `A' on the Ordnance Survey Record Card. Its sloping SW face, which measures 8m from NW to SE by 4.2m transversely bears at least 20 cups, the largest 85mm in diameter and 40mm in depth. Visited by RCAHMS (AG), 12 October 2006.

Section C. PANEL

C1. Panel Type

In the landscape Outcrop

C2. Panel Dimensions, Slope & Orientation

Dimensions of panel (m to one decimal place)
Length (longer axis) 7.4 Width 4.8
Height (max) 0.2 Height (min) 0
Approximate slope of carved surface
25 degrees degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface SE Carved Surface SE Carved Surface

C3. Rock Surface

Surface Compactness Hard Grain Size Coarse Visible Anomalies Quartz Veins
Rock Type Schist

C4. Surface Features

  • Fissures/cracks
  • Rough surface

C5. Panel Notes

The panel is in 3 sections, all part of an outcrop of a coarse pink biotite gneiss, lying at or just under a gently sloping surface. It extends over an area of 7.4x4.8m. Section 1, at the S and the largest, has 38 cups, 2 larger cups, and a large elongated cup at the centre. Towards its S end, a curving groove partly encircles a large cup and 3 smaller ones. There is a large cup at the N edge. Section 2, smaller and to the W, has 9 cups and one larger one at its NW edge. Section 3, to the NE, has 4 cups and one large and deep one at its N edge. The rock here is particularly uneven and there are many indentations which may be natural.

C6. Probability

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


Note: I have shown the elongated cup as a large cup below, so 4 large plus one elongated = 5 large


cupmark_1 cupmark_7
51 5

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

  • Large areas of the rock are covered in lichen, moss or algae.
  • There are sheep near the rock.
  • There are cattle near the rock.
  • No selection
Comments and other potential threats

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