NS5073 : Site of the Cochno Stone

taken 4 years ago, near to Edinbarnet, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Site of the Cochno Stone
Site of the Cochno Stone
(It is also sometimes referred to as the Druid Stone.)

The location of the stone (marked on large-scale mapping) is not far ahead, almost on the line of the wall, and I was, soon after taking this picture, on that very spot (the area is within Auchnacraig Urban Park).

However, even if the bracken was not present, this antiquity would not be visible in the picture; the huge stone was, several decades ago, earthed over for its protection.

Archaeologists uncovered the stone in September 2016 so that it could be laser-scanned; the resulting data would allow a replica, modern graffiti and all, to be created. The Cochno Stone itself would then be safely reburied.

In the meantime, readers who are curious about what it looked like can easily find pictures of it by performing an Internet search for "Cochno Stone"; photographs from c.1937 often show it with the marks painted in (an action that would be frowned on today).

Several other cup-marked rocks, though much less impressively-marked than the Druid Stone, can still be viewed in the area. For example, there is a group in another part of Auchnacraig Urban Park (NS5073 : Cup-and-ring-marked rocks), a single stone not far from that group (NS5073 : Cup-and-ring-marked stone), and another (widely-scattered) group near Whitehill: Link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 15 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 1 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5044 7388 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.0786N 4:23.7455W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5044 7386
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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