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Brockcleugh Cottage,cup and ring marked rocks 600m NNE of

A Scheduled Monument in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8506 / 54°51'2"N

Longitude: -4.0134 / 4°0'48"W

OS Eastings: 270830

OS Northings: 552500

OS Grid: NX708525

Mapcode National: GBR 0DDB.XZ

Mapcode Global: WH4WC.BB3T

Entry Name: Brockcleugh Cottage,cup and ring marked rocks 600m NNE of

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1928

Last Amended: 4 July 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1005

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cupmarks or cup-and-ring marks and similar rock art

Location: Kirkcudbright

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Dee and Glenkens

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument comprises a rock outcrop carved with cup and ring markings. The outcrop faces NE, and is steeply inclined. It bears at least seventeen cup marks, some of which have concentric rings, up to five in number on one example. Many of the cupmarks with rings also have radial grooves running from the centre outwards. These markings are most probably of early Bronze Age date (about 1500 BC). The area to be scheduled is a circle 15m in diameter centred 65m SSW of the N boundary of North Brockcleugh field and 115m WNW of its E boundary. This includes the rock outcrop and a small area around in which evidence relating to the carving or the possible ritual use of the site may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a complex member of a large group of such carvings in Galloway, probably created in the Bronze Age. The purpose of these carvings is not known, but they may be an expression of the territorial possession or claims of particular groups. Study of these monuments may, in time, contribute to our understanding of prehistoric social organisation.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland




Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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