Ballymeanoch

Stone alignment with kerbed cairn beyond. View from west.

Stone alignment with kerbed cairn beyond. View from west.

Location

Scotland     Argyll     Argyll & Isles     NR 83370 96413     Lat 56.11124532   Long -5.48581115

Simplified plan of the Ballymeanoch stone alignment and nearby stone pair, henge with cists and cairns. Henge bank is shown grey and its ditch light brown. (Source: Google Maps and fieldwork).

Plan of the Ballymeanoch stone row. From a survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:100.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 14.5m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 145° Altitude: 24m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairn, henge and standing stones
Notes: Would have originally been much longer

Other Information

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

Identification

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


Photographs


The impressive stone alignment at Ballymeanoch includes four tall slabs. The middle pair have rock art on them. View from the south east.

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Some of the rock art on one of the stones in the stone row. It is believed that the rock art is earlier than the alignment and was carved onto an outcrop that was subsequently quarried and dragged to this spot and erected. It is very likely that the choice of stone was deliberate and indicates careful selection.

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Stone alignment in the foreground and the stone pair in the background.

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Stone pair  with the alignment beyond. View from south west.

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The stone alignment with the kerbed cairn beyond. The alignment forms part of a significant ritual complex consisting of a large number of different forms of broadly contemporary archaeological monuments.

Rainbow at Ballymeanoch (14 March 2017).

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Although partly damaged the kerbed cairn situated a short distance north east of the stone row is still clearly discernible with its northern arc surviving particularly well. The stone in the ditch beyond is holed and cup-marked. The stone was recently moved to this location. View from the south west.

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The holed and cup-marked stone next to the kerbed cairn.

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 The henge south of the stone alignment includes two entrances and cists. The entrances are aligned on the surviving length of the alignment. This is likely to have been deliberate, although coincidence cannot be entirely ruled out. Relatively few stone rows have such a varied selection of broadly contemporary associations.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NR 83359 96831. Carefully cross the road and follow the path to the row. Other broadly contemporary sites worth visiting in the immediate area are:

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Cairn at NR 83302 96811.

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Rock art at NR 83122 96962.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Sea Views

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. 222.

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

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