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.

High-resolution images of the Cochno Stone

Full Project proposal
Archaeological report on the test excavation
Text by film-maker May Miles Thomas on the test excavation
Local newspaper's report on the test excavation

Cochno Stone Test Excavation

West Dunbartonshire, 2015

Revealing the Cochno Stone

West Dunbarthonshire, 2016

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