Lag

WP1060898 Lag

Three edge set stones within a nearby field boundary may be contemporary and represent part of a stone row. View from south east (6 June 2016).

Location

Scotland     Mull     Argyll & Isles     NM 36267 53307     Lat 56.59729486     Long -6.29833863

 

Lag Plan3

Plan of the stone row. The stone setting which includes a possible blocking stone is reminiscent of some Dartmoor double rows. Original surveyed at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 12.7m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Large and medium
Tallest stone: 1.62m Shortest stone: 0.4m
Orientation: 127° Altitude: 77m
Upper end: Lower end: Blocking stone?
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: Yes
Context:  Possible cairn

Notes: This site is recorded by Burl, Canmore and HER as a stone pair.  The three upright stones forming the south eastern end of the row have previously been dismissed by the Royal Commission as forming part of a relatively recent boundary wall. An extensive but by no means exhaustive search of the boundaries failed to find anything similar in the vicinity. Two of the stones are set through the boundary bank and this might suggest a narrow gateway which was subsequently blocked by the third stone.  If so the proximity of the larger standing stones would suggest that if this interpretation is favoured that they too had an historic origin. The obvious parallel with the blocking stones at the end of Dartmoor rows strengthens the prehistoric explanation as does the fact that the boundary bank appears to kink to incorporate them. Clearly excavation might resolve the matter but until then there are strong grounds for accepting this group of stones as a stone row.  It looks like a row and whilst different in character to others in the region similar sites are known to exist in Great Britain. The survival of a possible cairn to the south east of the row combined with the character of the sea views available from this site further enhance the likelihood that it had prehistoric origins.

 Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Probable. Whilst an historic explanation is possible it seems more likely that this site reprsents the remains of a stone row.


Photographs

WP1060902 Lag

Looking along the row from the north west with the large stone in the foreground, the fallen stone behind and setting beyond.

WP1060908 Lag

Stone row comprising one large upright orthostat, a fallen slab and a setting of three upright slabs. View from north.

WP1060911 Lag

Stone row and possible cairn denoted by the ranging rod. View from north west.

WP1060926 Lag

Blocking stone flanked by uprights. The similarities with the blocking stones at Assycombe and Stanlake are striking. View from north east.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NM 35885 53767. From here enter the field to the south and head south east towards the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Canmore     Historic Environment Record

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. 265.

 

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