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Cambret Moor, cup and ring marked rock 590m south east of Cambret Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Mid Galloway and Wigtown West, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.8894 / 54°53'21"N

Longitude: -4.2957 / 4°17'44"W

OS Eastings: 252853

OS Northings: 557376

OS Grid: NX528573

Mapcode National: GBR HHRS.K1H

Mapcode Global: WH3TW.ZCMK

Entry Name: Cambret Moor, cup and ring marked rock 590m SE of Cambret Hill

Scheduled Date: 24 August 1928

Last Amended: 4 July 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1009

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Kirkmabreck

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid Galloway and Wigtown West

Traditional County: Kirkcudbrightshire


The monument consists of a cup and ring marked rock on the SE slope of Cambret Hill, near to its foot.

The rock measures only a little over 1m across, and bears the carvings of two cupmarks, one surrounded by three rings, the other by seven. These are probably of early Bronze Age date, perhaps about 1500 BC.

The area to be scheduled is a circle of diameter 15m, to include the rock and an area around in which evidence relating to its carving or any ritual activity may survive, as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

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

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NX 55 NW 21.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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