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Dunamuck 4

Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Site Name Dunamuck 4

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Neolithic) - (Bronze Age)

Alternative Name(s) Kilmartin Glen; Dunamuck 4

Canmore ID 171304

Site Number NR89SW 70

NGR NR 84426 91756

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Argyll And Bute
  • Parish Kilmichael Glassary
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Argyll And Bute
  • Former County Argyll

Archaeology Notes

NR89SW 70 8445 9176

(Location cited as NR 8445 9176). Dunamuck 4. The site is accessed from Dunamuck 5 [NR89SW 71] by crossing the stream and passing through a gate in a modern field wall. The ground levels at this point for some metres, and the crest gently slopes to the right to three domed outcrops, the centre of which is marked with field clearance stones. The carvings lie beneath the surface turf on the first outcrop.

On the south facing edge of a domed outcrop, under turf, the carvings consist of a single cup surrounded by three rings with an integrated single isolated cup cut within the outer ring. Six cups with single rings forming an arc, similar to the carvings at Todd Crags, Northumberland (NY 9720 8913). Other motifs include a single cup and ring with radial grooves aligned to a natural crevice in the surface of the rock, twenty-one cupmarks, one countersunk

This site, together with Dunamuck 6, merit more detailed investigation, possibly by the complete removal of the turf covering. Other cups are noted to the edge of the outcrop, but not recorded in the enclosed drawing. The surface of the rock has a vertical strike and many natural cracks on its surface have been incorporated within the design.

The motifs are recorded using wax rubbing, digital and slide photography.

Information from S Beckensall, B Brown and P Brown, visited May 2000.

NMRS, MS/669/9.


Note (15 July 2019)

Date Fieldwork Started: 15/07/2019

Compiled by: Bàrr

Location Notes: Dunamuck 4 is located in undulating terrain at the top of an outcrop in a field of rough grazing about 10m E of a fence line, with Dunamuck Farmhouse 300m to the NW and a small white house 50m to the NE. A larger, quarried outcrop without carvings can be seen about 15m to the SW of the panel, which is largely covered over by moss and turf. Just E of the panel, a track runs Northwards towards the white house and through a gate 80m away on the S side of the field.

Panel Notes: Dunamuck 4 is a large, flat (3.1x2.1m and 0.3m high) schist outcrop. The carved surface is flat and has several fissures and cracks, as well as natural hollows. There are 23 motifs in total: 12 small cup marks, 1 double cup mark, 2 large cup marks, 6 cup and single rings (some of these appear to be arranged in an arc), 1 cup with 2 rings and 1 cup with 3 rings and a smaller cup and ring attached to it.


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