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Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Site Name Cairnholy

Classification Cup And Ring Marked Rock (Prehistoric)

Alternative Name(s) Cairnholy 9; Cairn Holy; Kirkdale

Canmore ID 77506

Site Number NX55SW 58

NGR NX 5161 5445

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkmabreck
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Kirkcudbrightshire

Archaeology Notes

NX55SW 58 5161 5445

Rather large exposed outcrop near tree, quarried at one side. Nine plain cups in a small cluster. Much weathered.

M van Hoek 1992

At the foot of a tree in a pasture field about 400m NNW of Cairnholy farmsteading, and some 40m SSE of the junction of two field walls, there is a rock outcrop which bears two groups of markings. To the NW of the tree trunk there is a cluster of nine plain cups, measuring up to 40mm in diameter and 10mm in depth. About 3m to the SE on the edge of the outcrop there is a group comprising two cups with two rings, up to 160mm in diameter, one cup with a single ring, 110m in diameter, and three plain cups. Most of the markings of the second group were revealed by peeling back the turf, and there are likely to be further markings on this outcrop, now well buried.

(Cree94 308)

Visited by RCAHMS (SDB) 28 April 1994

Van Hoek identifies ten plain cups in the cluster to the N of the tree. Naddair describes the site as Cairnholy 10, and notes the cluster of ten cups with three possible cups on adjacent outcrops.

M A M van Hoek 1995, K Naddair 1995.


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