Glenamachrie

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available here.

A probable single stone row measuring 5.7m long, including three medium and large-sized stones situated within a deep valley. The tallest stone at the eastern end of the row is 1.45m high, the middle stone is 0.96m high and the western stone is recumbent. The row is orientated east to west and is aligned upon a nearby large cairn. Doubts concerning the identity of this row hinge around the fact that the recumbent stone may be a result of historic stone dumping.

Location

Scotland     Argyll     Argyll & Isles     NM 92511 28550     Lat 56.403482   Long -5.3642102

Map showing the location of Glenamachrie stone row.

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

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 5.7m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 98° Altitude: 49m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn
Notes: The row is aligned on a nearby cairn.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes. Visible from public highway.
Land Status: –
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Probable. Proximity to the road and nearby farmstead could be seen as reasons for doubting its prehistoric origins. Perhaps more significantly the possibility should be acknowledged that the smaller western stone may be the result of historic stone dumping rather than representing a fallen orthostat. On the other hand the alignment of the row on a nearby cairn provides a convincing prehistoric context. On balance it is probable that this group of stones represent the remains of a prehistoric stone row, although future work may confirm or refute this identification.


Photographs

View from south west (Scale 1m).

View from west (Scale 1m).

Looking east along the row (Scale 1m).

Looking east along the row (Scale 1m).

View from north west (Scale 1m).

Looking west along the row. The row is aligned on a large cairn 45m away.

View from north (Scale 1m).

View from the east.

The stone row and cairn. View from above and south west.

Two stones a short distance west of the row are unlikely to have formed part of the monument.

Access Information

The row can be viewed from the public highway, but to access to the stones permission should be sought at the nearby farm.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore

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.


Timeline

VISITED:- 13th March 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 4th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd January 2018

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