Ardnacross, North

Ardnacross WP1110228Three recumbent slabs. View from south west.

Location

Scotland     Mull      Argyll & Isles    NM 54179 49181     Lat 56.570004   Long -6.00332

Ardnacross plan1

Plan of the stone rows at Ardnacross. Original surveyed at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 13.6m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 25° Altitude: 77m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns, stone alignment and stone-lined pit
Notes: Excavated. A bronze bracelet was recovered from the stone-lined pit adjacent to the row. The SSE stone is cup marked.  Excavation revealed that the row had been erected in an area that had previously been ploughed and subsequently burnt. It was unclear whether the burning had been caused by swaling or pyres. The row slabs were placed in sockets and held upright by stone packing.  All three stones were excavated and this work revealed that the end stones had been deliberately toppled into prepared pits. This may indicate ritual closure similar to that identifiued in Bronze Age houses in SW England. The central stone was originally retained for a new purpose and fell some time later.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretion of this row.


Photographs

Ardnacross WP1110224

Looking SSW along the stone row.  The end stones were deliberately toppled whilst the central stone stood for longer before falling. Southern row is visible in the background.

Ardnacross WP1060612

Cup marks on the SSE stone (Scale 30cm)

Ardnacross WP1060606

Stone-lined pit next to the alignment.

Access Information

Parking available at NM 54770 48758 and access from the highway at NM 54592 49183. Follow track to NM 54523 49119 then head up the hill to the row.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Excavation Report     Ardnacross Farm

Mull History and Archaeological Society     Vernianera     Stones of Wonder

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 223.

Cregeen, E R., 1958c, ‘Ardnacross,Mull’, Discovery Excav. Scot,7-8.

Martlew, R. & Ruggles, C., 1990, ‘Ardnacross (Kilninian & Kilmore parish), stone rows, cairns’, Discovery Excav Scot, 32.

Martlew R. & Ruggles, C., 1991, Ardnacross, Mull (Kilninian & Kilmore parish): stone rows, cairns’, Discovery Excav Scot, 52.

Martlew, R.D. & Ruggles, C. L. N., 1996, ‘Ritual and Landscape on the West Coast of Scotland: an Investigation of the Stone Rows of Northern Mull’, Proc. Prehist. Soc., vol. 62,125-129.

Ritchie, G. & Harman, M., 1996, Argyll and the Western Isles, Exploring Scotland’s Heritage series, ed. by Anna Ritchie, Edinburgh, pg. 33.

Ritchie, G., 1997d, Monuments associated with burial and ritual in Argyll’, in Ritchie, G, The archaeology of Argyll. Edinburgh, pgs. 71-72.

RCAHMS, 1980a, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), 50.

Ruggles, C.L.N., 1999, Astronomy in prehistoric Britain and Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 197.

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