The Cochno Stone Project


The Cochno Stone project, led by Ferdinand Saumarez Smith, is a collaboration between Factum Foundation, the University of Glasgow Archaeology Department, Richard Salmon Restoration Inc. and Elemental Films.

The aim of the project is to excavate, 3D scan, safely rebury and produce a replica of the Cochno Stone: Scotland’s finest example of a Neolithic cup-and-ring marked stone, that was buried in 1964 to protect it from vandalism. Replicating the 8 x 13 meter stone will be one of the biggest applications of 3D scanning in the area of cultural heritage and will be installed in a location near the original. Factum Foundation and the University of Glasgow Archaeology Department will be working closely with Historic Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Council to establish safe excavation, conservation and reburial methods.

Click here for the high resolution image viewer of the Cochno Stone

Read here the full Cochno Stone proposal
Read the archaeological report on the test excavation here
Read film-maker May Miles Thomas on the test excavation here
Read the local newspaper's report on the test excavation here

High resolution image viewer of the Cochno Stone

(2D colour data, 3D grayscale and 3D colour data)

Revealing the Cochno Stone

West Dunbarthonshire, 2016

Cochno Stone Test Excavation

West Dunbartonshire, 2015


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