Giant Pencil Sharpener?

Whitelees Moor, Inverclyde, Scotland


Hi Folks,

A couple of days ago, Louie Pastore sent us some photographs of a conical cooking pot on Whitelees Moor near Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland.

The photos are already on BRAC

We normally call these kind of carvings basins, mortars or, like in Ireland, Bullaun Stones but this one is of a different shape; like a giant pencil sharpener with a diameter of 20 cm and a depth of 6 cm.

Do we have a clue? Have we seen this shape before and, if so, where?

Hope to hear of you!

All the best,




5 Responses to Giant Pencil Sharpener?

  1. Louie says:

    Wiil need to return to investigate but there’s a possibility this is also of the ‘portable’ variety – hope it doesn’t end up as someone’s garden ornament….


  2. rockrich says:

    This one felt conical, but due to size and shape of the smaller cups thought it more likely to be from a later period:

  3. rockartuk says:

    Yet another nice collections of (Irish) bullaun stones on TMA:

  4. Hobson says:

    I’ve not seen it in the flesh, but remembered seeing the photo of this slightly smaller thing:
    Suz says it’s pointy.

    There’s also this portable one:

  5. Louie says:

    Hi Jan…

    Following your link regarding Irish Bullaun stones I noticed that the description of the Deer Stone in Glendalough says that “The shape of the bullaun is quite unusual too, being almost conical.”


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