SMR KE053-054----


Site

This large boulder has been cleared from its earthfast position as recorded by Finlay (1973, 12-3), and lay for a time, decorated face downwards, beside the field fence to W. It has now been righted and the markings have suffered somewhat from the moves.
The stone measures a maximum of 3.45m x 1.6m x 1.05m thick and on one surface is an extensive series of some quite complex motifs. At the E apex is a cup-and-2 gapped circles, with a radial line which is punctuated with a 2nd cup-mark close to the first. SW of this is a cup-and-2 gapped circles with a radial line extending from the central cup to an external cup; the ends of the outer circle splay outwards to frame this latter. From the outer circle a narrow line runs E then NW to a cup-and-gapped circle. Adjoining the W side of the same outer circle is a cup-and-circle with radial line, set back to back with another whose long radial line extends almost to the inner circle of a cup-and-2 circles. This long line is flanked on either side by a cup-and-circle, both with radial lines which curve towards the central groove. Each of these is in turn flanked by a cup-and-2 circles with radial line. W of this group is a cup-and-2 circles with 3 satellite cups positioned equi-distantly along the outer circle.
To S is a cup-and-2 circles with a radial line extending from the central cup to an external cup which, itself, is partially enclosed by the remains of a circle. These 2 motifs are enclosed within a larger, sub-oval frame which comes almost to a point at one side. The remainder of the motifs include simple cup-marks and cup-and-circles, some with radial grooves.
About 18m N of the original location of the above stone, Orpen (1908, 12-3) noted a single cup-and-circle on the corner of a rock (KE053-089----). This has apparently been broken up for use as road-metal (local information). The above description is derived from J. Cuppage (compiler) 'Corca Dhuibhne. Dingle Peninsula archaeological survey.' Ballyferriter. Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (1986), no. 187. In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.

Cinn Aird (Kinard)


Monument

In improved pasture (77m OD), on a very gentle NNW-facing slope.
Good views W->N->NE, including sea to W and directly overlooked by higher ground to S, where there is a distinctive crag. A substantial ex-situ boulder partially incorporated into linear field boundary along western side and protruding into field, on E side.
This large boulder has been cleared from its earthfast position as recorded by Finlay (1973, 12-3), and lay for a time, decorated face downwards, beside the field fence to W. It has now been righted and the markings have suffered somewhat from the moves. A smooth and unfractured sandstone (dims. 3.85m N-S; 2.10m E-W; max. H 1.05m) with a semi-circular decorated surface (dims. 2.60m N-S; 1.00m E-W) having a N-facing aspect, which bears numerous decorative elements. The motifs are in a reasonably good condition and consist of at least twenty-three motifs located upon top of stone including a cup-and-three ring motif, half of which is obscured by heavy mosses. Five substantial cup-and-two-ring motifs (overall dims. 23-30cm; ring Wth 2-2.5cm; D 5mm) are to E and SE.
Five, smaller cup-and-ring motifs and one partial cup-and-ring motif are in and around the larger ones. Twelve cupmarks (diam. 5-6.5cm; D 5-9mm) form part of the decorated surface including a cluster of eight upon lower portion of stone at N end. The W-facing aspect is obscured by a dense growth of moss and is overshadowed by vegetation from the field boundary. Radial grooves extend from two of the cup-and-two-ring elements, one of the cup-and-one ring motifs and one of the cupmarks. A rough, oblong depression appears naturally formed, to SW.
Compiled by: Alison McQueen and Vera Rahilly
This information comes from the entry for this stone on the website www.archaeology.ie.

Site recorded by Kathleen Reen