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Whitehill 3

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

Site Name Whitehill 3

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

Canmore ID 44534

Site Number NS57SW 31

NGR NS 51390 74032

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council East Dunbartonshire
  • Parish New Kilpatrick (Bearsden And Milngavie)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Bearsden And Milngavie
  • Former County Dunbartonshire

Archaeology Notes

NS57SW 31 5138 7403

See also NS57SW 6, NS57SW 7, NS57SW 16, NS57SW 32, NS57SW 34, NS57SW 35, NS57SW 37, NS57SW 38, NS57SW 42, NS57SW 45, NS57SW 48, NS57SW 70.

NS 5138 7403. (Visited by OS {J L D} 10 November 1966) A large horizontal outcrop bears at least 18 cup and ring marks, two with two rings, and 45 cup marks. Many are in mint condition and show pecking. Twenty-eight yards SW, an escarpment has 12 cup marks; 15 yds further SW are 7 more cup marks and traces of others. The OS field surveyor noted a faint ring on this stone but was of the opinion that the cups could be the result of weathering.

R W B Morris 1971; R W B Morris and D C Bailey 1967.


Desk Based Assessment (2012)

CFA Archaeology Ltd undertook an assessment of the cultural heritage implications of the proposed route of a replacement overhead line (XF Route) from Neilston, Renfrewshire to Windyhill, East Dunbartonshire.

Although 109 cultural heritage features were identified by the desk-based assessment of the 250m buffer around the proposed route of the replacement XF overhead line, very few of these lie along the route of the line, or in immediate vicinity of the location of any of the towers.

The overhead line replacement project has been assessed against the cultural heritage baseline. Taking into account the construction methodology to be employed and agreed mitigation strategy, it is considered that the development conforms to Local and National Policy relating to the cultural heritage resource.

Funder: Iberdrola

CFA Archaeology Ltd

Note (22 March 2019)

Date Fieldwork Started: 22/03/2019

Compiled by: ScRAP

Location Notes: The panel is situated at ground level on the top of a slight hill within a narrow stretch of relatively young mixed deciduous woodland surrounded by pasture and bounded by a wire fence on its E side. There are two rock art panels close by, both grouped together with Whitehill 3 in the same Canmore ID (44534): Whitehill 4 is approximately 25m to the SW and Whitehill 5 is approximately 40m to the S. Whitehill 1 and 2 (Canmore 445337 and 44538) are about 50m to th SW. The panel is located 80m NW of an enclosed mobile phone mast. About 20m N of the panel is a rocky outcrop, possibly a 18th/19th century quarry.

Panel Notes: This is a roughly rectangular area of exposed sandstone bedrock flush with the ground and sloping slightly to the S. The E edge of the panel is rounded and drops away quite steeply. The surface is textured by numerous longitudinal fissures and several small natural hollows. There are multiple cupmarks and cup and ring motifs mainly along the upper surface of the panel, before if curves away to the E. These include a cluster of 20 cupmarks in the NE end of the panel, te of whihc may have fint rings or partial rings. On this part of the panel there is also a possible keyhole motif, and some recent incised graffiti in an unidentifiable script (though by local residents to be magic lettering). The SW part of the panel features at least 8 cups with single rings, some of which are very faint and can only be seen in the 3D model, and one of which has a short radial line. Several of the cup and ring motifs are placed on natural fissures. There are also 4 cups with two rings or partial rings, 7 ovoid cups, and at least 2 cupmarks.


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