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Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Site Name Drumtroddan

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Canmore ID 62767

Site Number NX34SE 24

NGR NX 3619 4470

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Mochrum
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX34SE 24 3619 4470.

NX 3618 4470. Two rocks bearing cup and ring marks, surveyed in 1951. (2 dots shown on OS 6" (1959)).

Information from OS Reviser (AEW) 10 September 1951

Morris describes 2 slabs, in the wood (presumably Drumtroddan Plantation), 5 yds in from its E wall, and 55 yds from the S wall. On the first outcrop, c.12'x 10', there is a cup-and-four-rings, 24" in diameter, and a cup-and-two-rings, 9" in diameter. The other slab, which lies 3 yds SW of the first, is c.1 1/2' square as exposed, and bears a cup-and-three-rings, 13" in diameter.

R W B Morris and D C Bailey 1967; R W B Morris 1965

NX 3619 4470. Description correct. Site in process of being taken over by the Department of Environment.

Surveyed at 1/2500.

Visited by OS (IA) 26 January 1973


Publication Account (1986)

Several groups of markings have been found on the exposed faces of the greywacke outcrops in this open pastureland. There are cups, cups with rings, and some with connecting channels. The carvings show much variation in design, incorporating complete and gapped rings, and some with radial grooves. The maximum number of rings is six, and the greatest diameter within the fenced groups is 0.38m. A recently-discovered outcrop, 250m south-south-west of the farm at NX 361446, includes a much weathered cup-and-five rings, 0.71m in diameter.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Dumfries and Galloway’, (1986).


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