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Unique designs found on slab in Beauly cairn?

Unusual designs have been found on a 5000-year-old stone slab discovered inside a cairn near Beauly. The sandstone slab formed one side of a burial chamber within the cairn, and was discovered after Highland Council ordered a quarry company to undertake an archaeological survey on the site at Balblair prior to extracting rock and gravel.

Andrew Dutton, a senior archaeologist with Headland Archaeology, said:
"It has certainly got people scratching their heads, " he admitted. "It is unique. There is a lot of rock art around here and the cup and ring symbol can be seen in the open air at several sites but the curvilinear lines on this slab are very strange. Also the cup marks have been worked through from both sides until there is a perforation that, perhaps, people could look through to see inside the kist or to let light inside."

The stone is now in a store at Inverness Museum until more of its story can be unravelled. Conservation officer Jeanette Pearson is making its surface stable to preserve the carvings."It is very unusual, " she said. "I've never seen anything like it. It's certainly not Pictish so we are seeking specialist advice from the National Museum to help us identify it."

From the Inverness Courier article here.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th October 2005ce
Edited 25th October 2005ce

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