Baliscate

Baliscate stone alignment. View from south west.

A single stone row measuring 8.4m long, including three large orthostats situated on a north east facing terrace with views of the nearby sea. The northern stone measures up to 1.73m high, whilst the southern one is 2.35m tall. The central stone is now recumbent and probably fell westward. The spacing of the stones suggests that there may once have been four. The row is orientated north to south.

Location

Scotland     Mull     Argyll & Isles    NM 49967 54142     Lat 56.612236   Long -6.07649

Map showing the location of Baliscate stone row.

Plan of Baliscate stone row. Original survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 8.4m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Tallest stone: 2.35m Shortest stone: 1.73m
Orientation: 10° Altitude: 90m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: There may have originally been at least four stones.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

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


Photographs

The stone row has extensive views of sea, hills and mountains to the north east. 

View from the south east. The tallest stone is in the foreground. Click on image to enlarge.

View from above and the south west. The recumbent slab is closer to the northern upright. If the stones were originally evenly spaced there would have another one between the recumbent slab and and the southern orthostat on the right.

View from above and the west.

View from above and the east.

Access Information

Car parking in the vicinity is limited. Parking may be possible at NM 50564 54115 depending on forestry operations. If available ensure that the owners access is not restricted. To access the row follow the track leading south west from NM 50187 54324.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Records in Stone

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.

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


Timeline

VISITED:- 4th June 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 2nd February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd January 2018

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