Balnaguard

View from the south east.

A single stone row measuring 14m long, including two large mainly buried recumbent slabs and a single upright orthostat standing 2.3m high situated in valley bottom near to the River Tay. The row is orientated east to west and the western stone is upright. Excavation revealed that the eastern stone has a cup-mark and no socket hole whilst the central stone had a very shallow socket There are several cairns in the vicinity.

Location 

Scotland Perth and Kinross Central Scotland NN 94621 52114
Lat 56.648925   Long -3.72021

Map showing the location of Balnaguard stone row.

Plan of the Balnaguard stone row (Source: 1:100 survey by Sandy Gerrard)

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 14m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 100° Altitude: 68m
Upper end: Cist Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : ? Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns
Notes: Excavation in 1971 confirmed that three large slabs once stood in a line. No dating evidence was uncovered but this work revealed that stones A and C were cup-marked.

Other Information

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

Identification

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


Photographs

Copyright: Tom Bullock. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Copyright: George Currie

Stone A stands 2.3m high. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Looking west along the row. Stone C in the foreground (Scale 1m).

The row is situated along the axis of a slight east to west orientated ridge. The ranging rod denotes the position of stone C (Scale 1m).

Looking east along the row. The ranging rod stands adjacent to Stone C (Scale 1m).

The Balnaguard stone row includes one large upright and two large recumbent slabs. The ranging rod denotes the position of Stone C (Scale 1m).

Only a tiny proportion of the two fallen slabs are visible.  Excavation by Dr Margaret Stewart in 1971 revealed that Stone C measures 2.5m long and has a single cup-mark whilst Stone B  measures 2.3m long. A shallow socket stone with packing stones was found associated with Stone B but no socket hole or packing was found associated with Stone C.  The compass is oriented north to south and measures 11.5m long.

Access Information

Limited car parking available at NN 94606 51862. Access to the row is easiest through the farmyard and permission must be sought before proceeding to the row which is situated behind the farm buildings.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Canmore     Discovery and Excavation     Society of Antiquaries Scotland

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. 224.

Coles, F R., 1908, ‘Report on stone circles surveyed in Perthshire – North Eastern section; with measured plans and drawings (obtained under the Gunning Fellowship)’, Proc Soc Antiq Scot, vol. 42, 1907-8. Page(s): 138-40.

Stewart, M E C., 1971, ‘Balnaguard’, Discovery Excav. Scot., 1971. Page(s): 34-5.


Timeline

VISITED:- 18th November 2016

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 3rd January 2018

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