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Blackhill,cup and ring marked rock 60m south east of

A Scheduled Monument in Dee and Glenkens, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 54.7976 / 54°47'51"N

Longitude: -4.0341 / 4°2'2"W

OS Eastings: 269331

OS Northings: 546638

OS Grid: NX693466

Mapcode National: GBR 0D8Z.F0

Mapcode Global: WH4WK.0N9Z

Entry Name: Blackhill,cup and ring marked rock 60m SE of

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1928

Last Amended: 10 March 1995

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM1003

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 rock outcrop is almost horizontal, and measures about 1m across. It is carved with nine simple cups, three cups with rings (one, two and three rings respectively) and a shallow "saucer" 15cm across. These carvings are probably of early Bronze Age date, perhaps about 1500 BC. The area to be scheduled is a circle 22m in diameter, to include the carved rock and an area around it in which further carvings and evidence relating to the carving and 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 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




Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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