Rock Art Database


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Canmore ID 371160 SCRAP ID 2700
Location OS Grid Ref: NH 49225 59702 Team Not in team
Existing Classifications
Classification Period
Date Fieldwork Started 21/11/2019 Date Fieldwork Completed
New Panel? No  


A1. Identifiers

Panel Name ACHTERNEED WOOD Number 1
Other names Formerly recorded as BOTTACKS but more likely A Chlach Phollach (HER MHG7775)
HER/SMR SM Number Other
Classifications And Periods
Classification 1 Cup And Ring Marked Stone Period 1 Neol/bronze Age

A2. Grid Reference(original find site)

OS NGR NH 48760 60420
New OS NGR NH 49225 59702
Lat/Long 57.60205 -4.52479
Obtained By: GPS

A3. Current Location & Provenance

  • At original location
Accession no. Not given

Section B. CONTEXT

B1. Landscape Context

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

B2. Current land use & vegetation

  • Wood/Forest

B3. Forestry

  • Mature

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

  • Other rock art

B5. Location Notes

The panel is a very large erratic boulder on the steep S facing slope of Druim a'Chuilein, overlooking River Peffery and Knockfarrel on the other side of the valley. The boulder is within an area of mixed woodland, mainly beech trees, just above and N of farmland. To the N is the Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall railway, and there is an old quarry about 15m to the S. There is a modern game bird raising pen about 40m to the NNW of the boulder. Achterneed 2 cup marked stone lies about 35m to the NW. The panel is grouped in the Canmore record for 12488 with a second large cup-marked boulder known as Bottacks (the Fairy Stone). The Fairy Stone lies some distance away, and hence this panel has been renamed Achterneed. It is also likely to be the same stone as the one mentioned in the Highland HER record MHG7775, called A Clach Phollach.

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) 3.3 Width 1.8
Height (max) 0.6 Height (min) 0
Approximate slope of carved surface
20 degrees 23 degrees
Orientation (Aspect e.g. NW)
Rock Surface S Carved Surface E Carved Surface

C3. Rock Surface

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

C4. Surface Features

  • Fissures/cracks

C5. Panel Notes

The panel is a roughly rectangular schist boulder measuring 3.30m N-S by 1.80m wide and 0.64m high with a slightly domed top. There are two deep fissures partly across the stone one running from the E side and the second running from the W side with a shallower fissure across the whole boulder at the S end. There are 13 motifs on the boulder in two groups. The S group has 5 cups; 2 of these are conjoined, 1 has a long curved groove, and 1 has been drilled in the past possibly with a view to blasting it when the quarry was in use. There are also a number of faint possible cupmarks. The N group has at least 7 cupmarks, 5 of which are claustered, and 1 cup with an eyebrow groove on its S side. There is also a truncated cupmark on the SE edge of the rock, possibly damaged by quarrying.

C6. Probability

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


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cupmark_1 cupmark_3 cupmark_5
10 1 1
Partial Ring

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

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

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